Magnus von Wright started out as a taxidermist in the 1820's, he stuffed birds for Societas pro Flora et Fauna Fennica, the oldest scientific society in Finland, and in 1845, became taxidermist a the university's zoological museum.
Von Wright; though a skilful taxidermist, his reputation like that of his two brothers, Wilhelm and Ferdinand, rests on his skill as a zoological illustrator. The first edition of Svenska fåglar, efter naturen och på sten ritade, appeared between 1828 and 1837 and in 1859 he published the first handbook on Finnish birds.
These chromolithographs are from the second edition Svenska fåglar, efter naturen och på sten ritade, published c1920 and printed by A. Bortzells, Stockholm.'Circus Macrourus'.