Yellow-rumped Honey- guide
BIRDS OF Asia
By John Gould
14 1/2 x 22
Hand-Coloured Stone Lithograph.
A light cream shade.
A lovely full scale composition.
Beautiful Image. Gould's work is exquisite. The colour washes, that Gould's studio hand-mixed are full of depth and quality. The lithography process offers such a delicate printing. The piece looks like it was hand-drawn, but it was etched into a stone. The birds are finely detailed and have his signature egg wash on them. The birds are finely perched on a pine tree.
Good Condition. A few crinks in the paper from previous handling.
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John Gould. 14 September 1804 to 3 February 1881. English. He was an ornithologist, taxidermist and bird artist. A number of organisms have been named after Gould. His desire was to document the birds of the empire and at that time, the Sun Never Set on the British Empire." Throughout his professional life Gould had a strong interest in hummingbirds. He accumulated a collection of 320 species, which he exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He was truly amazing and a visionary.
Gould published: A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Humming Birds with 360 plates (1849–61); The Mammals of Australia (1845–63), Handbook to the Birds of Australia (1865), The Birds of Asia (1850–83), The Birds of Great Britain (1862–73) and The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands (1875–88).
Lithography is a method for printing using a stone or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface. Lithography originally used an image drawn, actually etched, into a coating of wax or an oily substance applied to a plate of lithographic stone as the medium to transfer ink to a blank paper sheet.
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