"Astur Palumbarius", Gould, John
Subject: Prints - Birds
Period: 1862 (circa)
Publication: The Birds of Great Britain
Color: Hand Color
14.5 x 21.6 inches
36.8 x 54.9 cm
This magnificent hand-colored lithograph depicts an adult female goshawk, with a young bird in the background. According to the text, "In no one member of the great family of Falcons does there occur a greater dissimilarity between the young bird of the year, with the lanceolate markings of its breast, and the fully adult, in which the same pat is crossed by numerous fine bars." Drawn and lithographed by Joseph Wolf and Henry C. Richter. John Gould (1804-81) created some of the most beautiful bird prints ever produced and was known throughout the world as "The Bird Man." This lithograph appeared in his magnum opus The Birds of Great Britain, which was published in 5 volumes between 1862-73. Printed by Walter. The lot includes a sheet of text providing information about the bird's habitat, hunting technique, and more.
References: Sitwell, p. 102.
Stunning contemporary color on a faintly toned sheet.