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Edward Lear, Plyctolophus sulphureus, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. c1838

Edward Lear, Plyctolophus sulphureus, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. c1838

by Lear, Edward

Antique print of Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Plyctolophys sulphureus, Lizars engraving c1838.

Fine original hand-coloured steel engraving by Edinburgh engraver William Home Lizars after a drawing by Edward Lear who assisted John Selby with illustrations for his work on Parrots published in London circa 1838 for Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library.

Between 1830 and 1832 Lear worked as a natural history draughtsman at the Zoological Society in London, he recorded the different members of the parrot family for his Illustrations of the family Psittacidae, or Parrots, considered a perfect combination of science and art, and resulting in his being elected an associate of the Linnaean Society. Lizars small, finely engraved portraits are exquisitely presented against the uncoloured engraving of each bird's habitat. 

This bird was recorded as being from the Moluccas, but is an excellent image of the sulphur-crested cockatoo often seen in Australia. This page has a few faint foxing spots. (It is 280 years old.) Page size is 17 x 10cm (6.6.x 4 inches)

Stock Number: apEL14auPrice: $150.00