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Threnetes Antoniae (Sooty Barbed-Throat).

  • ARTIST: John Gould

  • PUBLISHER: Published London.

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph, hand colored,

    DATE: 1849-60 (-87).

  • EDITION SIZE: Vignette image size 15 x 11 1/8" (382 x 283 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From Gould's "A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds." Drawn and on stone by Gould and/or Henry C. Richter or William Hart. Printed by Hullmandel & Walton. <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 travelled 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]


  • CONDITION: Very good condition with original color. From "A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Family of Humming-Birds." Printed by Hullmandel and Walter from drawings by J. Gould, H.C. Richter and William Hart, lithographed by the artists. Published in London, 1849-87..<br><br> John Gould's series on the Humming Birds is among the most beautiful of all his works. The images combine the named humming bird along with a beautiful flower which it is feeding from or nesting on and sometimes a landscape in the background. The birds are beautifully hand colored, often with gum arabic added to give the birds iiridescent coloring which is found on them in real life

  • REFERENCE: Fine Bird Books, #102.