John Gould (British, 1804 - 1881) - John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain was published between 1862 and 1873. We are proud to offer this wonderful folio lithograph with hand-finished color. Gould's style of both being very accurate to detail as well as showing the birds in very artistic settings and compositions, occasionally with nests, young birds, and interesting backgrounds with the adult species.
Gould realized that his artistry could make this work far more intriguing and desirable than its predecessor, Birds of Europe. Birds of Great Britain was produced in 750 copies. Birds of Great Britain remains in continuing popularity. John Gould created nearly 3000 hand-colored plates of animals in his career. Gould learned by observation and experience and greatly contributed to scientific knowledge at the time. Gould is believed to have done the original sketches for all of the plates. He utilized many talented artists to help with the finished lithograph including his wife Elizabeth Coxen Gould, Edward Lear, Joseph Wolf, William Hart, and H. C. Richter. Even at the time of publication, Gould’s plates were very expensive and only sold to a small set of subscribers. Due to the limited subscriber list, the plates remain rare and of high value for collectors today.
Country of Origin: Great Britain.
Artist: John Gould (British, 1804 - 1881)
Medium; Folio Lithograph, Originally Hand-colored. Some folio pages included describing the Great Bustard.
Title: Great Bustard.
Size: 14 by 21 inches.
Condition: The work is in Very Good Antique Condition, better than expected from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners. There may be occasional age imperfections. Please review the photos carefully and contact us with any questions.
Circa: Published between 1862-1875.
Literature: Birds of Great Britain
***Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.
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John Gould (British, 1804 - 1881) - The Birds of Great Britain - Hand Finished Color Lithograph "The Great Bustard" - published 1862 - 1873
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