C1834

Palaeornis Barrabandi

C19th engraving of the Superb Parrot. From the Naturalist Library. Common name: Superb Parrot Modern binomial name: Polytelis swainsonii First described: Desmarest 1826 Distribution: NSW & VIC Reference: Readers Digest Book of Birds Page 294 Desmarest 1826. Distribution NSW

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S/N: TNLPC-001-BI-AA–220342
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Full Title:

Palaeornis Barrabandi

Date:

C1834

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

95mm 
x 155mm
AUTHENTICITY
Palaeornis Barrabandi - Antique Print from 1834

Genuine antique
dated:

1834

Description:

C19th engraving of the Superb Parrot.

From the Naturalist Library.

Common name: Superb Parrot
Modern binomial name: Polytelis swainsonii
First described: Desmarest 1826
Distribution: NSW & VIC
Reference: Readers Digest Book of Birds Page 294 Desmarest 1826. Distribution NSW

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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