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Veraguan Mango Hummingbird Chromolithograph. Gould. 1955.


£160 | $223 USD | €186 EUR
Status: Reserved
Seller: The Lithograph Archive (formerly Greystones Fine Interiors)
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The Birds of Australia was a book written by John Gould and published in seven volumes between 1840 and 1848, with a supplement of other birds published between 1851 and 1869. It was the first comprehensive survey of the birds of Australia and included descriptions of 681 species, 328 of which were new to Western science and were first described by Gould. Gould and his wife Elizabeth née Coxen travelled to Australia from England in 1838 to prepare the book. They spent a little under two years collecting specimens for the book. John travelled widely and made extensive collections of Australian birds and other fauna. Elizabeth, who had illustrated several of his earlier works, made hundreds of drawings from specimens for publication in The Birds of Australia. The plates of the book were produced by lithography. Elizabeth produced 84 plates before she died in 1841, Edward Lear produced one, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins contributed one and the remaining 595 plates were produced by H. C. Richter from Elizabeth's drawings and were published under his name. The accompanying letterpress descriptions of the birds are authored by John Gould and were printed by the firm R. & J. E. Taylor. Gould created 250 copies of his survey and today they realise in excess of £200,000 GBP at auction. In addition to this tome, Gould also studied Exotic birds from Europe and the Americas.
Here we are delighted to offer an astonishing 'Dorifera Veraguensis' Chromolithograph. The Veraguan mango is a medium-sized hummingbird species, reaching lengths of 11–12 cm. Both sexes are metallic green with a slightly decurved, dark grey beak, and black tail feathers with a red circle central to each feather. This species exhibits sexual dimorphism. Males have a blueish breast and belly, whilst females have a white-cream belly with a dark teal stripe running down the breast. The species is named for the region it was first discovered in, Veraguas Province in Panama. However, it is common throughout much of the Pacific coastline of Panama and into Costa Rica. Until recently it was considered endemic to Panama, but has now been sighted in the southern Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica. Like other hummingbird species, the Veraguan mango feeds on nectar and invertebrates. It has been observed feeding on the flowers of Erythrina gibbosa in Costa Rica, and other species in the genus Erythrina at other locations. The chromolithograph was printed by hand in 1954 by K.G. Lohse of Frankfurt, made using the same lithographer's stones (plate) commissioned by Gould. This plate features layers of printing and is near identical to those produced with Gould's oversight, with deep glossy tones, rich textures, details are absolutely astonishing.
The lithograph is mounted in a luxury handmade, hand-finished and wonderful gold-leaf wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. The glass is museum quality with low reflection, amazing colour transparency and high U.V. absorption to protect the works. The archival acid-free materials and professional techniques used to protect and frame this work will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for many decades to come.
The framed lithograph measures a substantial 64cm tall by 54cm wide. Following the success of the first folio of Gould's work that we offered, we are delighted to have secured a second folio of magnificent chromolithographs now offered here.
The work can be shipped, at cost, within the UK or Internationally.
A timeless and effortlessly sophisticated collection of highly decorative and professionally framed fine, rare, old and vintage hand coloured lithographs, chromolithographs, lithographs and etchings.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1950.


Height = 64 cm (25.2")
Width = 54 cm (21.3")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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