Antique John Gould Ornithological Myiabeillia Hummingbird Lithograph Print 29"



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Antique mid to late 19th century colored lithograph print of Myiabeillia typica (Abeille's Hummingbird) drawn by John Gould, lithographed by H.C. Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. From A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds, published in London circa 1849-61 (supplement printed 1880-87).

“John Gould was a prolific illustrator of ornithology and was noted for the beauty of his illustrations. During his lifetime he was responsible for the illustration of over 2,200 different species of birds from around the world.
The work for which he is best known is his Monograph of the Trochilidae or the ""Family of Hummingbirds"", which was produced between 1849-1861. Each hand-colored lithograph, many of which are highlighted with shimmering iridescence, presents the tiny jewel-like birds visiting lush flowers and foliage.”

“Henry Constantine Richter (7 June 1821 – 16 March 1902) was an English zoological illustrator who produced a very large number of skillful coloured lithographs of birds and mammals, mainly for the scientific books of the renowned English 19th century ornithologist John Gould.
Many of the original drawings used by Richter as the basis for his coloured lithographs were by Gould's wife, Elizabeth Coxen, produced before her death in 1841.[1][2]
Richter's reputation was overshadowed by that of his much-celebrated employer. Since it was not customary to acknowledge illustrators alongside authors in the titles of publications, his name was forgotten. But in 1978, his great ability and the extent of his contribution to Gould's work came to light, in the work of the researcher Christine E. Jackson.”

“Hullmandel & Walton – Lithographic printers, in London. According to BBTI this partnership operated from 1818 to 1851. But Oxford DNB states that Hullmandel went into partnership with Walton ca. 1843 and that after Hullmandel's death in 1850 the imprint of Hullmandel & Walton continued for about a decade.”


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23.25” x 1.75” x 29.25” / Sans Frame – 12.5” x 18.5” (Width x Depth x Height)