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Spotted Kingfisher. After Gould. Lithograph. 1948. Antique Art. Antique Lithograph. Antique Prints. Antique Birds Art. Antique Birds. Antique Painted Birds.


£123 | $171 USD | €143 EUR
Item Number: SA816733
Date of manufacture: 1940
Current Status: For sale
Seller: The Lithograph Archive
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John Gould FRS (14 September 1804 3 February 1881) was an English ornithologist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates produced by 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.
Here we offer a collection of wonderful plates from Gould's Birds Of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands (1875-1888) which is one of the most elaborately illustrated ornithological works which has ever appeared.
The crested kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) is a very large kingfisher that is native to parts of southern Asia, stretching eastwards from the Indian Subcontinent towards Japan.
The first formal description of the crested kingfisher was by the Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1834 under the binomial name Alcedo lugubris. The current genus Megaceryle was erected by the German naturalist Johann Jakob Kaup in 1848. Megaceryle is from the Ancient Greek megas, "great", and the existing genus Ceryle. The specific name lugubris is the Latin word for "mournful".
The chromolithograph was printed by hand in 1948. 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 wonderfully gilded wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. A fine gold fillet has been added as a very sophisticated contrast for the plate. The frame is renaissance gold and with good light this piece just glows, with a wonderful, deep and warm gold tone (even our professional photographs can't adequately capture the beautiful frame colour). As standard the frame comes with framer float glass however for an additional 14 (to be paid at the time of order) this can be upgraded to museum quality glass having low reflection, amazing colour intensity and high U.V. absorption to protect the work. 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.
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 1940.


Height = 40 cm (15.7")
Width = 35 cm (13.8")
Depth = 3 cm (1.2")

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