C1834

Microglossus Aterrimus. Goliah Aratoo. [Palm Cockatoo]

C19th engraving of the Palm Cockatoo by Edward Lear. From the Naturalist Library. Common name: Great Palm-Cuckoo Modern binomial name: Probosciger aterrimus First described: Gmelin 1788. Distribution: Cape York

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Full Title:

Microglossus Aterrimus. Goliah Aratoo. [Palm Cockatoo]

Date:

C1834

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

95mm 
x 155mm
AUTHENTICITY
Microglossus Aterrimus. Goliah Aratoo. [Palm Cockatoo] - Antique Print from 1834

Genuine antique
dated:

1834

Description:

C19th engraving of the Palm Cockatoo by Edward Lear.

From the Naturalist Library.

Common name: Great Palm-Cuckoo

Modern binomial name: Probosciger aterrimus

First described: Gmelin 1788.

Distribution: Cape York

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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