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Auction 195, Lot 800

"Aglaeactis Cupreipennis", Gould, John

Subject: Prints - Birds

Period: 1861 (circa)

Publication: A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds

Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 22.1 inches
38.9 x 56.1 cm
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This exquisite hand-colored lithograph depicts a trio of shining sunbeams, part of the brilliant clade. The lithograph emphasizes the birds' shimmering iridescent feathers on their backs. The species is native to Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru 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.

References: Sitwell, p. 102.

Condition: B+

Fine full contemporary color on a lightly toned sheet with a couple tiny holes only visible when held to light. Remnants of tape on verso from a previous framing.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/15/2023