C1843

Ectopistes Migratoria.(Passenger pigeon) Native of N.America.

The extinct Passenger Pigeon was once the most common bird in North America. It lived in enormous flocks and during migration, flocks could take several hours to pass and estimates of these flocks are thought to have contained up to … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ectopistes Migratoria.(Passenger pigeon) Native of N.America.

Date:

C1843

Engraver:

William Home Lizar 
(1812 – 
1888)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

90mm 
x 130mm

Paper Size: 

103mm 
x 165mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ectopistes Migratoria.(Passenger pigeon) Native of N.America. - Antique Print from 1843

Genuine antique
dated:

1843

Description:

The extinct Passenger Pigeon was once the most common bird in North America. It lived in enormous flocks and during migration, flocks could take several hours to pass and estimates of these flocks are thought to have contained up to two million birds.

Modern binomial name: Ectopistes Migratoria
First described: Swainson 1827
Distribution: North America (now extinct)

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888)

Lear was was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet. By the age of 16 was already drawing "for bread and cheese" and soon developed into a serious "ornithological draughtsman" employed by the Zoological Society and then from 1832 to 1836 by the Earl of Derby, who kept a private menagerie at his estate, Knowsley Hall. He was the first major bird artist to draw birds from real live birds, instead of skins. Lear's first publication, published when he was 19 years old, was Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots in 1830. One of the greatest ornithological artists of his era, he taught Elizabeth Gould whilst also contributing to John Gould's works and was compared favourably to the naturalist John James Audubon. His eyesight deteriorated too much, to work with such precision on the fine drawings and etchings.

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