C1832

Major Mitchell

The largest and rarest C19th printed image of the Major Mitchell Cockatoo. EDWARD LEAR 1812-1888 Ornithological, topographical artist and comic illustrator. by he age of fifteen he was making his living by bird drawings and produced his first illustrated book … Read Full Description

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S/N: BI-AA-1832-LEAR-02–200036
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Major Mitchell

Date:

C1832

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320mm 
x 530mm
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Major Mitchell - Antique Print from 1832

Genuine antique
dated:

1832

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The largest and rarest C19th printed image of the Major Mitchell Cockatoo. EDWARD LEAR 1812-1888 Ornithological, topographical artist and comic illustrator. by he age of fifteen he was making his living by bird drawings and produced his first illustrated book in 1832. The &#8220Family of Psittacidae&#8221 became the standard for all of Gould&#8217s works &amp for many other bird series. Extremely rare and important

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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