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Australian Honeyeater antique print. Hand-coloured lithograph of Melithreptus by Mathews, c1910-27.

Australian Honeyeater antique print. Hand-coloured lithograph of Melithreptus by Mathews, c1910-27.

by Groenvold, Henrik

Melithreptus Laetior (Golden-backed Honey-eater), Melithreptus Gularis (Black-chinned Honey-eater), Melithreptus Validirostris (Strong-billed Honey Eater) antique print.

Original hand-coloured lithograph by Danish natural history artist Henrik Gronvold (1858-1940) for Gregory Macalister Mathews' Birds of Australia by Gregory Macalister Mathews (1876-1949), published in London between 1910 and 1927 . This lovely antique print is from one of last-published grand works that were illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs. Hand-coloured lithography might have a personal artistry to its finish, but it was an expensive, skilled, labour-intensive printing process.

Gregory Macalister Mathews (1876-1949), was born in northern New South Wales and educated at Singleton Grammar and King's School, Paramatta. Dr Richard Bowdler Sharpe of the British Museum (who had worked with 'The Bird Man' John Gould) suggested Mathews produce a work on Australian birds, and guided Mathews who had no scientific training, in his work. Mathews' The Birds of Australia took 16 years to complete, with Mathews working very long hours. He was greatly assisted by Tom Ireland, until Ireland left for Australia in 1923.

Gregory Mathews wrote several other books on the birds of this region. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was associated with a number of scientific organizations around the world. He received many honours, and in 1939 was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire, in recognition of his notable contribution to science. He presented his vast ornithological library to the Australian Commonwealth in 1939, and it is now housed in Canberra's National Library.

Page size is 345mm x 255mm (13.1/2 x 10 inches). Small spot below title, light ageing of paper, and minor bumping along lower edge of paper.

 

Stock Number: apGMM21Price: $165.00

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