C1867

The Brush-Turkey. Talegalla Lathami.

Rare lithograph of the Australian Brush-turkey by Joseph Wolf from the series commissioned by the Council of the Zoological Society in 1852 with the aim of providing,  “an accurate artistic record of the living form and expression of the many … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Brush-Turkey. Talegalla Lathami.

Date:

C1867

Engraver:

Joseph Smit 
(1836 – 
1929)

Condition:

In good condition. On laid sheet as issued.

Technique:

Lithograph, with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

335mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Brush-Turkey. Talegalla Lathami. - Antique Print from 1867

Genuine antique
dated:

1867

Description:

Rare lithograph of the Australian Brush-turkey by Joseph Wolf from the series commissioned by the Council of the Zoological Society in 1852 with the aim of providing,  “an 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”.

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

The first recorded sighting of the Australian Brush-turkey was by Sydney Parkinson, artist on the Cook’s first voyage at Endeavour River, Qld on 4 July, 1770 while the ship was careened for repairs. “a bird like a Tetrao, having wattles of a fine ultramarine colour, and whose beak and legs were black”.

Modern common name Australian Brush-turkey, Scrub Turkey

Modern binomial name Alectura lathami

First described Gray 1831.

Distribution NSW & QLD

References Reader’s Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 p.159, ill.5159 Fine Bird Books pg 158 Upside Down World pp 130 ill p. 1131

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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