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A Group of Four Wading Birds

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials hand-coloured lithograph on paper
Dimensions
W. 17.83 in; H. 24.17 in; D. 1.57 in;
W. 45.3 cm; H. 61.4 cm; D. 4 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1837
Description ‘the most remarkable bird drawings ever made’

LEAR, Edward.
A Group of Four Wading Birds.
Flamingo; White Stork; Black Stork; Purple Heron.

Hullmandel, London, 1837.

Hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic.
Framed and glazed: 45.3cm by 61.4cm by 4cm.

Edward Lear is one of the greatest ornithological artists of all time. Lear's contributions included the most eye-catching subjects in the book: eagles, owls, cranes, pelicans, geese, swans, and flamingos.

Lear's plates are from bird drawings that ‘are certainly among the most remarkable bird drawings ever made, [for] it is evident that Lear endowed them with some measure of his own whimsy and intelligence, his energetic curiosity, his self-conscious clumsiness and his unselfconscious charm’ (Hyman).

‘He introduced a sense of subtlety and freedom into her drawings where previously she had only mimicked the technique used in etching or engraving. There is no doubt that Edward Lear was the first person to understand the art of lithography and to use it to its fullest potential. It was a legacy that made the works of Gould into a success and took them into the forefront of nineteenth-century illustration’ (Tree).
Styles / Movements Other
Book References Anker 169; Fine Bird Books, p.77; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 2; Wood, p.364; Zimmer, p.251.
Dealer Reference Number 104914
Incollect Reference Number 492206
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