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Turdus Pilaris.

  • ARTIST: John Gould

  • PUBLISHER: Published in London.

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph, hand-colored,

    DATE: 1862-73.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 21 1/2 x 14 13/16" (54.7 x 37.7 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From "The Birds of Great Britain," five volumes, large folio. London 1862-1873. The book contains three hundred and sixty-seven lithographs colored by hand, printed by Walter from drawings by Gould, Joseph Wolf, H.C. Richter and Hart, mostly lithographed by Richter and Hart. <br><br> Although not formally trained, John Gould (1804-1881) became one of the great ornithological scientists and artists of the 19th century. Even Charles Darwin insisted that only Gould could draw and prepare the bird plates for his reports. His large-folio volumes included hundreds of hand-colored lithographs each, showing species from around the world in their natural habitats. Beginning with his volume on Himalayan birds in 1831-32, Gould traveled the world with his assistants and his wife, Elizabeth (until her death in 1841), searching out exotic and beautiful birds to draw. The Birds of Great Britain was the last Gould work to be completed in his lifetime. It was limited to an edition of 500. [Buchanan, Nature into Art, 126ff. Skipworth, Great Birds Illustrators, 60-114]


  • CONDITION: Good condition with original color. Includes the text sheet.