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John Gould Trichoglossus pusillus Little Lorikeets, Australian parrots c1840-1848.

John Gould Trichoglossus pusillus Little Lorikeets, Australian parrots c1840-1848.

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by Gould, John

Antique print, John Gould Little Lorikeets, Trichoglossus pusillus. Original hand-coloured lithograph by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter for Gould's “Birds of Australia ” (the finest series ever done on Australian Birds), published in London between 1840 and 1848 by "The Bird Man", John Gould (1804-1881).

John Gould was an astute businessman who obtained subscribers who subsidized his magnificent bird publications. He was devoted his life to the study of birds, had a fine eye for detail, and knew his limitations as an artist. Gould employed the finest bird illustrators available and closely monitored their work. Whilst most people have heard of John Gould, many are unaware that his artist wife Elizabeth (Coxen) Gould (1804-1841) was taught lithography by the great bird illustrator Edward Lear. Elizabeth Gould came to Australia with her husband, and remained with their two children in Tasmania, where she composed many of the drawings. In all she completed over 600 beautiful hand-coloured lithographs for her husband's grand works. Elizabeth died at the age of 37, following the birth of their eighth child after their return to England.

In good condition, with fine hand-colour, the digital photo does not do justice to this beautiful lithograph. The size of the page is as issued, 535 mm x 370 mm (21 inches x 14.5 inches).

Stock Number: apJGa395JPrice: $1,320.00