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Elizabeth Gould Australian Friarbird lithograph. Tropidorhynchus argenticeps honey-eater, c1848.

Elizabeth Gould Australian Friarbird lithograph. Tropidorhynchus argenticeps honey-eater, c1848.

by Gould, Elizabeth

Antique print of Tropidorhynchus Argenticeps, Silver-crowned Friar Bird (now Philemon argenticeps, the largest Honeyeater). Original hand-coloured lithograph by John and Elizabeth Gould "drawn from nature and on stone" for Birds of Australia published in London between 1840 and 1848 by John Gould (1804-1881), 'The Bird Man' who devoted his life to the study of birds.

From the age of 26, John Gould spent over 50 years publishing grand works on families of birds, and birds from different regions of the world. Gould was a respected ornithologist, a discerning artist, and a successful businessman. He employed the best lithographers and supervised them closely. Gould was greatly assisted by his artist wife Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841), who learnt lithography from the great parrot artist, Edward Lear. She refined many of her husband’s drawings of birds, and lithographed more than 600 – until she died following the birth of their eighth child after their return from Australia to England in 1840.

In good condition, with beautiful hand-colour, the digital image does not do justice to this fine antique print.  Page size is 535 x 370 mm (21 x 14.5 inches), as published.

Stock Number: apJGa296.4PPrice: $800.00

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