"Thalurania Colombica", Gould, John
Subject: Prints - Bird
Period: 1861 (circa)
Publication: A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds
Color: Hand Color
14.8 x 21.7 inches
37.6 x 55.1 cm
This exquisite hand-colored lithograph depicts three crowned woodnymphs gathering near the flowers of a Gaultheria bracteata shrub. Two colorful male specimens perch on the plant, while a female specimen flaps above. The species is native to Colombia. The drawing and lithography are credited to John Gould and Henry C. Richter. 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 six-volume series on hummingbirds, published from 1849-87. Printed by Hullmandel and Walton. The lot includes a sheet of text providing information about the bird's habitat, appearance, and more.
References: Sitwell, p. 102.
Superb contemporary color on a slightly toned sheet.