C1873

Ptiloris Alberti

Modern scientific name: Ptiloris magnificus alberti Distribution: Northern QLD. An American zoologist who was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the American Ornithologists’ Union. He was also curator of zoology at … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ptiloris Alberti

Date:

C1873

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 580mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ptiloris Alberti - Antique Print from 1873

Genuine antique
dated:

1873

Description:

Modern scientific name: Ptiloris magnificus alberti Distribution: Northern QLD. An American zoologist who was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the American Ornithologists’ Union. He was also curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago. Elliot used his wealth to publish a series on birds and animals. Elliot wrote the text himself and commissioned artists such as Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit, both of whom had worked for John Gould, to provide the illustrations. The series included A Monograph of the Phasianidae (Family of the Pheasants) (1870-72), A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise (1873), A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats (1878) and Review of the Primates (1913).

Josef Wolf (1820 - 1899)

Born and educated in Prussia, Wolf was apprenticed to a lithographer at the age of sixteen, but after three years he returned home to work on a series of small, detailed bird drawings. This album of drawings brought Wolf recognition from book editors and museums in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. After working as an illustrator on commission, Wolf enrolled at the Antwerp Academy in 1847 to study painting. In 1848, he moved to London where he soon established himself among the leading naturalists and wildlife artists. In 1856, Gould and Wolf traveled together through Norway to study and sketch birds including ptarmigans, golden eagles, and ospreys. Gould included Wolf's depictions of game and water birds and birds of prey in his, The Birds of Great Britain (1862-1873). Among Wolf's other great achievements were his illustrations for the London Zoological Society's The Zoological Sketches (1856-67) and D.G. Elliot's The Life and Habits of Wild Animals (1874). Wolf became the most famous ornithological artist during his time.

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