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Auction 135, Lot 727

"[Lot of 4 - Birds]",

Subject: Birds

Period: 1844 (published)

Publication: DeKay's Zoology of New York ... Part II, Birds

Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 11.4 inches
22.4 x 29 cm

These lovely lithographed plates were drawn and hand-colored by John William Hill. These were the first hand-colored lithographs used to illustrate a state bird book and only 200 editions were colored by Hill. Like John James Audubon's bird portraits, Hill's were painted with an objective eye, documenting accurate anatomy and colors, and capturing the animal's natural countenance.

1) Plate 52 Green Black-Capped Warbler and Golden-Winged Warbler
2) Plate 16 Red-Headed Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker
3) Plate 67 Hooded Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Summer Yellowbird
4) Plate 71 Swamp Finch and Chewink.


Condition: A

Some faint toning, overall very good.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/16/2011