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John Gould Melampitta lugubris, Black Ground-Thrush lithograph c1880

John Gould Melampitta lugubris, Black Ground-Thrush lithograph c1880

by Gould, John

Antique print of John Gould Black Ground-Thrush, Melampitta lugubris or Lesser Melampitta. Original hand-coloured lithograph by William Hart from John Gould's drawing 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. 

'The Bird Man' John Gould (1804-1881) 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 each of his grand publications to assist with his finances. 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 is a charming afternoon scene of these lovely little birds. Our scanner is not large enough to show the full lithograph, so if you would like further pictures please email This image is not nearly as nice as the actual hand-coloured lithograph. If you would like further pics, please email us. The page size is as issued, 535 x 370 mm (21 x 14.5 inches). 

Stock Number: apGn214Price: $594.00