C1867

The Australian Mycteria. Mycteria Australis.

Rare lithograph of the Jabiru by Joseph Wolf from the series commissioned by the Council of the Zoological Society in 1852 with the aim of providing, ‘accurate artistic record of the living form and expression of the many rare species … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Australian Mycteria. Mycteria Australis.

Date:

C1867

Engraver:

Joseph Smit 
(1836 – 
1929)

Condition:

Minor toning on sheet edge as usual, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

260mm 
x 350mm
x -5mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Australian Mycteria. Mycteria Australis. - Antique Print from 1867

Genuine antique
dated:

1867

Description:

Rare lithograph of the Jabiru by Joseph Wolf from the series commissioned by the Council of the Zoological Society in 1852 with the aim of providing, ‘accurate artistic record of the living form and expression of the many rare species of animals which exist from time to time in the menagerie’.

Modern common names: Jabiru, Asian black-necked stork
Modern binomial name: Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
First scientific description: Lichtenstein, 1819
Distribution: WA, NT, QLD & NSW

From, J.Wolf, Zoological Sketches made for the Zoological Society of London, from animals in their vivarium in the Regent’s Park .

References:
Sitwell, S. Fine Bird Books 1700-1900. New York 1990 p.158.
Olsen, P. Upside Down World. Canberra 210 p.79.
Anker, J. Bird Books and Bird Art. Amsterdam 1979 539; BM(NH) V..

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3097647

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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