The Common Eider Duck
BIRDS OF GREAT BRITAIN
By John Gould
15 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 eyes look so real.
Good Condition. There is one foxing spot on the bottom right hand side (note photograph) and a few slight tears along the edge which will be covered with a mat and a frame (note photograph). We obtained this piece from a previous owner. There is a slight darkening where the mat was laid on the print (note photograph with foxing spot). This will be easily covered with a mat. Due to the few minor flaws, we are offering this print below retail. No text.
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.