"Falco Peregrinus", Gould, John
Subject: Prints - Birds
Period: 1862 (circa)
Publication: The Birds of Great Britain
Color: Hand Color
14.5 x 21.7 inches
36.8 x 55.1 cm
This beautiful and dramatic hand-colored lithograph shows the peregrine falcon. In the foreground is a female specimen, staring out at the viewer with a striking gaze. The background depicts a mallard in mid-plummet after being picked off by peregrine in flight. 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 & Cohn. The lot includes a sheet of text providing information about the bird's habitat, hunting technique, and more.
References: Sitwell, p. 102.
Terrific contemporary color on a sturdy and slightly toned sheet.