DescriptionJohn Gould (1804-1881). Apteryx Australis.
A wonderful hand-colored lithograph of the Kiwi, from Gould's Birds of Australia (London: 1840-1869). In generally very good condition with overall toning. A few small closed tears to edges, and a couple of long, shallow creases. Very faint mat burn. Tip of lower left corner is missing, a victim of careless removal of mounting tape. Mounting tape still present to other three corners on the reverse. Light penciled notations. 22 x 14.75 inches.
John Gould (1804-1881), sometimes referred to as "the British Audubon" because of the impact and profound influence of his work, was a remarkably prolific artist and publisher of ornithological works. Gould studied taxidermy as a teenager, and became so expert at it that he became the first curator at the Zoological Society of London. He began drawing birds, and with the assistance of several artists (such as his wife Elizabeth and Edward Lear), his publications contained illustrations not only beautiful but scientifically accurate. His favorite work, A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming Birds, its plates highlighted with metallic iridescent colors, has been called Gould's "masterpiece" and "among the most beautiful of Victorian illustrated books" - "a feast of beauty and a source of wonder" (Sitwell). Gould left an unparalleled body of work, and we are proud to here offer many of his beautiful imperial folio prints.
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