Bird, Gould John, Langsdorff's Toucanet, c1955, Reproduction

Bird, Gould John, Langsdorff's Toucanet, c1955, Reproduction

Regular price $150.00 Sale

Reproduction from Gould's Bird Series

Date: c1955

Artist: Gould John

Lithographer: Hart William

Printer: Richter, H C 

Size: 535 x 360mm

Price: 150.00

Condition: Good

Description: This is a beautiful Reproduction, printed in colour

Provenance:  Reproduction

John Gould Reproduction bird print. 
The dazzling illustrations from Gould's Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans, 1852-1854 represent his most dramatic, magnificent images.
The amazing range of vivid colors--shiny black, vibrant red, yellow, and orange--creates an unprecedented sense of animation. Shown against simple backgrounds, Gould's toucans look very much alive, as if they were about to take flight.
The inspiration for Toucans came while Gould was working on his Birds of Europe, when he became fascinated by the toucan collection of a fellow ornithologist. He made several trips to central European museums to gather material for Toucans, and after publication of the first edition, redrew some of the plates and added 20 new birds to this revised and expanded second edition. All are included in these touchingly beautiful reproductions of Gould's hand-colored lithographs. 

Known as "the Bird Man", John Gould was a naturalist whose passion was the field of ornithology. He combined his good eye for detail with his business acumen, and with the assistance of his artist wife Elizabeth and a few other lithographers, he illustrated the birds of many countries. By obtaining wealthy subscribers prior to each venture, John Gould was able to publish series of large hand-coloured lithographs that have not been surpassed to this day.
While most people have heard of John Gould Birds, many do not know that his wife Elizabeth was trained in lithography by the great bird artist, Edward Lear. Elizabeth Gould refined most of the early drawings and completed over 600 lithographs for her husband's grand publications - until she died after the birth of their eighth child..
Image size, as originally published, 535 x 360mm

 

John Gould (1804 - 1881)

 John Gould employed the finest lithographers of the day to create large hand-coloured lithographs that are some of the finest bird illustrations ever done. Gould
had an excellent eye for detail, and closely supervised the work of his lithographers.