C1829

Trichoglossus swainsonii. [Rainbow Lorikeet]

Superb hand coloured engraving of the Rainbow Lorikeet. Modern common name: Rainbow LorikeetModern binomial name: Trichoglossus haematodusFirst described: Linnaeus, 1771Distribution: Australia wide. Reference Reader’s Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: p.286, ill.286 From Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867) Illustrations … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Trichoglossus swainsonii. [Rainbow Lorikeet]

Date:

C1829

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 275mm
AUTHENTICITY
Trichoglossus swainsonii. [Rainbow Lorikeet] - Antique Print from 1829

Genuine antique
dated:

1829

Description:

Superb hand coloured engraving of the Rainbow Lorikeet.

Modern common name: Rainbow Lorikeet
Modern binomial name: Trichoglossus haematodus
First described: Linnaeus, 1771
Distribution: Australia wide.

Reference Reader’s Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: p.286, ill.286

From Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867) Illustrations of Ornithology.

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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