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John Gould Dicaeum eximium Brown Flower-pecker lithograph c1880

John Gould Dicaeum eximium Brown Flower-pecker lithograph c1880

by Gould, John

Very pretty John Gould Flower-pecker lithograph, Brown Dicaeum eximium, original hand-coloured lithograph by William Hart from the drawing by John Gould (1804-1881) for Gould's final work "Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, including many new species recently discovered in Australia", published in London between 1875 and 1888. After Gould's death, publication of this work was completed by Gould's friend, ornithologist Richard Bowdler-Sharpe who was in charge of the bird collection at the British Museum. This work including many species newly discovered from Australia.

Known as 'The Bird Man', John Gould was a brilliant ornithologist who devoted his life to the study of birds. He had a fine eye for detail and knew his limitations as an artist, so he employed the finest lithographers of the day and closely monitored their work. He was also an astute business man and obtained subscribers to finance each of his grand publications on the birds from around the world.

The page size is complete with title below as issued: 535 x 370 mm (21 x 14.5 inches). The digital image is not nearly as nice as the actual hand-coloured lithograph. It is a pity that it was previously framed with non-conservation matt-board, resulting in a line of discolouration at window 495 x 340mm. Price has been adjusted accordingly, even though this line is masked when framed.

Stock Number: apGn193Price: $750.00