John Gould was the only artist to rival Audubon, and his output was more prolific. He was often called the “British Audubon”. His prints are masterful in design and composition and are known for detail, accuracy and beautiful hand coloring. This vintage print is marked "J. Gould" on the bottom. It is very attractive, finely colored with excellent detail and is already framed in classic period frame. Below the Gould mark there is an "SZL" in a circle, the mark of the Sidney Z. Lucas, art entrepreneur of New York City 1920-60. The print is 8 & 3/4 inches by nearly 12 inches. The paper is a brown tone, aided by the patination process and age. There is one small blemish in the lower left hand corner, but it is minimal. The color and definition of the parakeets is remarkable.
Sidney Z. Lucas the publisher of this print, was an art entrepreneur . His prints can be identified by a circular or triangular symbol with the initials “SZL.” From the 1920s until the 1960s, Sidney owed The Old Print Center in New York and ran a gallery named the Camilla Lucas Gallery, named after his mother. He published wholesale and retail art , and dealt with contemporary prints and print reproductions.
Barnards Parakeet Print by John Gould