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Edward Lear Great Green Maccaw, Macrocercus militaris c1836

Edward Lear Great Green Maccaw, Macrocercus militaris c1836

by Lear, Edward

The Great Green Maccaw antique print. Lizars engraving of parrot 'Native of Mexico & Peru'.

Fine original hand-coloured steel engraving by eminent Edinburgh engraver William Home Lizars (1788-1859) after a drawing by Edward Lear who assisted John Selby with illustrations for his work on Parrots for Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library, published in London c1836. Sir William Jardine (1800-1847) was a Scottish ichthyologist and ornithologist who combined the talents of acknowledged naturalists in each field to illustrate birds, animals, fish and insects. From their drawings W.H. Lizars engraved each finely detailed specimen in its natural habitat. Only the major subject was hand-coloured with watercolour. With the background left uncoloured, the small nature portraits engraved by Lizars after Lear, are some of the finest ever produced - a perfect combination of science and art.

Edward Lear (1812-1888) worked as a scientific artist for the Zoological Society in London. He was the first eminent artist to draw fauna from life rather than stuffed skins. Between 1830 and 1832 Lear painted and lithographed parrots for his publication, Illustrations of the family Psittacidae, or Parrots - which resulted in his being elected an associate of the Linnaean Society. Lear's mastery of lithography is evident in his instruction and coaching of John Gould's artist wife, Elizabeth Gould, in lithography - and in both Edward Lear and Elizabeth Gould's lithographs inclusion in John Gould's grand publications. As he became frustrated by failing eyesight in his latter years, Edward Lear apparently said that if there was such a thing as reincarnation he would surely return as a parrot.  

This page is nearly 200 years old and is slightly age-discoloured. The page size is 10 x 17cm (4 x 6.6 inches)

Stock Number: apELp5Price: $65.00