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Edward Lear Barraband Ring Parrakeet. Palaeornis Barrabandi. Lizars engraving c1836.

Edward Lear Barraband Ring Parrakeet. Palaeornis Barrabandi. Lizars engraving c1836.

by Lizars, William Home

Antique print of Edward Lear's Barraband Ring Parrakeet, Palaeornis Barrabandi, Native of New Holland (Australia). Now known as Superb Parrots or Scarlet-breasted Parakeet, Polytelis Swainsonii. This is a lovely parrot found in south-eastern Australia. Fine original hand-coloured steel engraving by Edinburgh engraver William Home Lizars, after a drawing by Edward Lear (1812-1888). Lear assisted John Selby with illustrations for his Parrots published circa 1836 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. 

There is a soiling spot over the title and this page is slightly age-discoloured (as is to be expected when you consider it is 280 years old.) Page size is 17 x 10cm (6.6.x 4 inches)

Stock Number: apLizarsParrot1Price: $154.00

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