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Bird Prints by John Gould


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John Gould John Gould (1804-1881) was one of the most respected and prolific ornithologists of all time. Such is his fame that he is often referred to as the "Bird Man." As a taxidermist, traveler and accomplished artist he created life-like and detailed images of birds from all over the world. Gould published more than forty large folio volume in a number of sets on different subjects. The first set appeared in 1831 and the last in 1888, seven years after his death.

In all, Gould's sumptuously illustrated works contained 2,999 different prints, showing birds from every continent. The prints are all hand-colored lithographs. They are noted for their particularly realistic and accurate appearance. He was able to achieve this accuracy through his years of ornithological study. Along with Gould, several other excellent artists worked on his prints, including H.C. Richter, J. Wolf, William Hart, and Gould's wife Elizabeth. Often Gould gave the artists who worked with him sketches of the birds in their natural habitats, which these artists then finished and lithographed onto the stones, hand-coloring each print once it was run off. For their realism and vibrant hand-coloring, Gould's are some of the most beautiful bird prints ever produced.


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The Philadelphia Print Shop has a good selection of prints from
Gould's A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Hummingbirds.
GoGo to page of Gould's Hummingbird prints



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From "Raptors", the first part of The Birds of Europe. London, 1832-37. Folio. Sheets ca. 21 1/4 x 14. Lithographs with original hand color. Very good to excellent condition.

John Gould (1804-1881) was one of the most respected and prolific ornithologists of all time. His prints are noted for their particularly realistic and accurate appearance. He was able to achieve this accuracy through his years of ornithological study. For this series, the two artists were Edward Lear and Gould's wife Elizabeth. Often Gould gave his artists sketches of the birds in their natural habitats, which these artists then finished and lithographed onto the stones, hand-coloring each print once it was run off. For their realism and vibrant hand-coloring, these are some of the most beautiful bird prints ever produced.




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Gould Buff-backed Heron
From The Birds of Great Britain. London: Gould, 1862-1874. Lithograph. Original hand-coloring. Full margins. Fine condition.


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A series of prints from The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands. London: Gould, 1875-88. Lithographs. Original hand-coloring.

A series of prints from The Birds of Asia. London: Gould, 1850-83. Lithographs. Original hand-coloring.

Other prints from various series: 1831-1888, done by John Gould. Gould Yellow-billed Albatross


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