Currency Exchange
Pezoporus formosus, Ground Parrot, Native of New Holland. Lizars c1836

Pezoporus formosus, Ground Parrot, Native of New Holland. Lizars c1836

by Lear, Edward

Antique print of the endangered Australian Ground Parrot or Pezoporus, c1836.

Fine original hand-coloured steel engraving by eminent Edinburgh engraver William Home Lizars (1788-1859) after a drawing by Edward Lear who assisted John Selby with illustrations for his work on Parrots for Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library, published in London c1836. Sir William Jardine (1800-1847) was a Scottish ichthyologist and ornithologist who combined the talents of acknowledged naturalists in each field to illustrate birds, animals, fish and insects. From their drawings W.H. Lizars engraved each finely detailed specimen in its natural habitat. Only the major subject was hand-colored with watercolour. With the background left uncoloured, the exquisitely engraved small nature portraits are some of the finest ever produced.

From the age of sixteen, Edward Lear (1812-1888) worked as a natural history draughtsman and artist for the Zoological Society in London. Between 1830 and 1832 recorded the different members of the parrot family for his Illustrations of the family Psittacidae, or Parrots, which is today considered a perfect combination of science and art, and resulted in his being elected an associate of the Linnaean Society. Better known for his Book of Nonsense, Lear’s passion was illustrating parrots. As he became frustrated by failing eyesight in his latter years, he apparently said that if there was such a thing as reincarnation he’d return as a parrot.  

This page is slightly age-discoloured (as is to be expected when you consider it is 180 years old.) The page size is 17 x 10cm (6.6.x 4 inches)

Stock Number: apWHL29Price: $165.00