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Keulemans Sunbirds. Anthreptes Hypodila & A.Zambesiana lithograph c1878.

Keulemans Sunbirds. Anthreptes Hypodila & A.Zambesiana lithograph c1878.


by Keulemans, John Gerrard

Very pretty African Sunbirds lithograph by J.G. Keulemans, c1878. Anthreptes Hypodila (West-African Collared Sun-bird.),  Anthreptes Zambesiana (Zambesi Collared Sun-bird).

Exquisitely delineated and superbly coloured. Signed JGK, this is a beautiful original hand-coloured lithograph by eminent bird illustrator and naturalist John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912) for A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or, Family of Sunbirds by George Ernest Shelley (1840-1910), published in London between 1876 and 1880.

Keulemans' skill in the art of lithography is evident in his hand-coloured lithographs for this rarely-seen publication. In 1869 fellow ornithologist and colleague of John Gould, Richard Bowdler-Sharp persuaded the well-travelled Dutchman, who signed his lithographs JGK, to move from Brussels to London, the most important centre during the late 19th century for grand hand-coloured publications illustrating flora and fauna. Keulemans had a thorough scientific training in the illustration of birds and was one of the finest exponents, mainly through the maximum fluidity of representation by lithography.

This lithograph is in fine condition, and we actually received it with its descriptive text (which is always more interesting).
Page size: 318 x 247mm (12.1/2 x 9.3/4 inches), in fine condition, except for a few faint soiling spots.

Stock Number: apJGKs-b2Price: $400.00