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Hummingbird prints by John Gould


John GouldPrints by J. Gould & H.C. Richter. From A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Hummingbirds. London, 1849-61. 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. Along with Gould, several other excellent artists worked on his prints, including H.C. Richter, J. Wolf, 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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