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Eustephanus Fernandensis. (Cinnamon Fire Crown).

  • ARTIST: John Gould

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph handcolored,

    DATE: 1849-87.

  • EDITION SIZE: Average paper size 21 x 14" (534 x 354 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Cinnamon Fire Crown. Superb hand-colored lithograph drawn and lithographed by John Gould, Henry C. Richter or William Hart. From Gould’s "A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds". Published London, 1849-60 (-87). <br><br> Gould’s hummingbirds are highly prized for their lavish botanical backgrounds and the iridescent paints often used. British ornithological artist John Gould created the largest and most spectacular body of bird prints in the 19th century. His volumes, containing hundreds of hand-colored lithographs, covered species from the Himalayas to New Guinea. All were issued in large-folio format, enabling Gould to show each bird’s appearance in detail, usually in its natural habitat. From 1832 to 1881 Gould traveled the world seeking new specimens, often writing the scientific texts himself. He oversaw every phase of his operation, from securing and drawing specimens to soliciting subscriptions. Other artists who assisted him had substantial reputations of their own. They include his wife Elizabeth, Edward Lear, Henry C. Richter, Josef Wolf and William Hart. [Fine Bird Books 102. Buchanan, Nature into Art, 126ff. Skipworth, 60-114] *Average paper size 21 x 14.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Includes text sheet.

  • CONDITION: Good condition with original color.