C1925

Rogersornis Nuchalis. (Great Bower-Bird)

Superb lithograph of the Great bowerbird from the last great bird series on Australian ornithology, The Birds of Australia by G. Matthew’s. Brown thornbills are skilled mimics and adults are able to mimic the alarm calls of other birds such as the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Rogersornis Nuchalis. (Great Bower-Bird)

Date:

C1925

Engraver:

 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

230mm 
x 335mm
AUTHENTICITY
Rogersornis Nuchalis. (Great Bower-Bird) - Vintage Print from 1925

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1925

Description:

Superb lithograph of the Great bowerbird from the last great bird series on Australian ornithology, The Birds of Australia by G. Matthew’s. Brown thornbills are skilled mimics and adults are able to mimic the alarm calls of other birds such as the New Holland honeyeater that warn of a bird of prey approaching, which deters other predators such as pied currawongs from attacking their nests.
This series is rarer than John Gould’s work on Australian birds, with only 225 sets done and was the to use hand colouring for the lithographs.
Modern binomial name: Chlamydera nuchalis
First scientific description: Jardine & Selby 1830
Distribution: QLD

Collections:
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers:MRB/F598.2/M
State Library Victoria: RARESF 598.2994 M42
State Library South Australia: Rare Books Room 598.294 M429 b
State Library of Western Australia: Call Number Q 598.2994 MAT
National Library Australia: Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK9772
State Library Queensland: RBF 598.2994 MAT
National Museum of Australia: Call no: AIA F 598.2994 MAT

References:
Nissen, C. Die illustrierten Vogelbucher. Stuttgart 1995: IVB 605-606.
Anker, J. Bird Books and Bird Art. Amsterdam 1979: 328.
Olsen, P. Feather and brush: three centuries of Australian bird art. Melbourne 2001: p.27.


Henrik Gronvold (1858 - 1940)

Gronvold was a Danish born artist who, after studying, entered the military as a draughtsman. On leaving Denmark he obtained work at the British History Museum in London. This image is from the last great bird series, The Birds of Australia by G. Matthews and is rarer than John Gould’s work on Australian birds, with only 225 sets done. It was the last series produced to use hand colouring rather than colour printed lithography for the illustrations.

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