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Group of Four Lithograph Plates of Ducks.

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Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Documentation Notes “The Birds of Great Britain”
Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Hand coloured lithograph plates
Dimensions
W. 25.31 in; H. 18.19 in;
W. 64.3 cm; H. 46.2 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1832
Description Set of four hand coloured lithograph plates of Ducks (Oidema Fusca, Oidema Perspicillata, Spatula Clypeata & Gallinula Chloropus), from “The Birds of Great Britain”. Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 64.3 by 46.2 cm.

John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. He has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species.

Henry Constantine Richter (1821-1902) was an English zoological illustrator who produced a very large number of skillful coloured lithographs of birds and mammals, mainly for the scientific books of the renowned English 19th century ornithologist John Gould.
Styles / Movements Other , Victorian
Dealer Reference Number 93618
Incollect Reference Number 267572
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