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John Gould Australian Honey-eater, Glyciphila ocularis lithograph c1848

John Gould Australian Honey-eater, Glyciphila ocularis lithograph c1848

by Gould, John

Beautiful John Gould Glyciphila ocularis Bird of Australia antique print - with leptospermum (tea-tree bush).

Original hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter for Gould's “Birds of Australia”, the finest illustrations ever done of Australian birds, published in London between 1840 and 1848 by 'The Bird Man', John Gould (1804-1881).

John Gould was a dedicated ornithologist who was an astute businessman, and obtained wealthy subscribers to enable him to publish magnificent illustrations on the birds of different regions of the world. He knew his limitations as an artist, and employed lithographers whose work he monitored closely. His artist wife Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) had been taught lithography by bird artist Edward Lear, and greatly assisted her husband in the drawings and lithography for around 600 large hand-coloured lithographs of birds. She came to Australia and, with her older children, stayed in Tasmania with her sister-in-law, and composed many of the drawings from the birds that her husband collected. She died following the birth of their eighth child after their return to England..

In good condition except for faint line from previous non-conservation framing matt. This is easily masked by fresh framing mount. This is an exquisite lithograph with beautiful hand-colour. The size, as published, is  535 x 370 mm (21 x 14.5 inches).

Stock Number: apJGa268Price: $770.00