C1889

Apteryx Owenii. Owens Apteryx. Apteryx Australis. Kiwi Kiwi.

Artist:

Gracius Joseph Broinowski (1837 - 1913)

$A 195

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S/N: BOAB-2046-NZ–217467
(C104)

Full Title:

Apteryx Owenii. Owens Apteryx. Apteryx Australis. Kiwi Kiwi.

Date:

C1889

Artist:

Gracius Joseph Broinowski (1837 - 1913)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

360mm 
x 260mm

Description:

Lithograph of Kiwis from Broinowski’s, Birds of Australia.

Common name: Little Spotted Kiwi or Little Gray Kiwi
Binomial name: Apteryx owenii
First described:   Gould 1847
Distribution:   Originally endemic to the South Island

After they were released on Kapiti Island at the turn of the C20th, they were also moved to Red Mercury Island, Hen Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, and Long Island in the Queen Charlotte Sound. In 2000, about 20 little spotted kiwis were released into Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.

Common name: North Island Kiwi
Binomial name: Apteryx mantelli
First described:   Bartlett 1851
Distribution:   North Island

Gracius Joseph Broinowski (1837 - 1913)

Broinowski was an artist and ornithologist, born in Poland and educated at Munich University where he studied classics, languages and art subjects. To avoid being conscripted into the Russian army, he went to Germany where a period of privation followed both on the Continent and in London, and about 1857 he joined a ship bound for Australia. Experiences at sea appear to have been very trying for him, so that he was glad to swim ashore at Portland, Victoria, and walk into the country. On that journey, according to his own record, he met with the only act of kindness he had received since leaving home: an elderly Scottish lady provided a meal and sent him on his way with 'new courage'. He worked in rural Victoria and later found employment with a firm of publishers in Melbourne; he then travelled widely in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, painting landscapes and scenes of various towns and promoting 'art unions' with his pictures as prizes. About 1863 at Richmond, Victoria, he married Jane Smith, daughter of the captain of a whaler. Settling in Sydney in 1880 he taught painting to private pupils and at colleges, lectured on art and exhibited at various showings of the Royal Art Society. He was then commissioned to supply the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales with pictures of Australian birds and mammals. In 1887 Broinowski issued his famous series The Birds of Australia.

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