John Gould, Pl. 301 Glossy Ibis, hand-colored lithograph, Birds of Europe, 1833–37

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John Gould, Pl. 301 Glossy Ibis, hand-colored lithograph, Birds of Europe, 1832–37

Enjoy significant savings on  Pl. 301, Glossy Ibis, Ibis falcinellus (Temm.), a superb hand-colored lithograph from John Gould’s Birds of Europe, drawn from nature by John and Elizabeth Gould. In the text that accompanies this plate, The plate represents an adult male bird about three-fourths the natural size. 

In the accompanying text description, Gould appreciates the beauty of this bird, though certain basic information of its habits is lacking, yet to be observed and recorded.

The graceful proportions of this bird, the elegance of is actions, together with the resplendent lustre of its plumage, render it one of the most interesting of the Waders, and we have to regret that our knowledge of its manner are so imperfect, that of its nidification and eggs we can give no certain information.

The sexes offer but little difference of colouring: the young, on the contrary before the second or third year, at which point they attain their adult colouring, are much more obscure in their tints, and exhibit none of that metallic lustre which afterwards forms so characteristic a feature.

Comprising 448 hand-colored folio-size lithographs in five volumes, John Gould’s monumental Birds of Europe was originally published in 22 parts from 1832 to 1837. The five volumes were classed according to a system designed by the zoologist and politician, Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785–1840). Vigors co-founded the London Zoological Society in 1826. The majority of the plates were drawn and lithographed by Gould’s talented wife, Elizabeth Coxen Gould, from sketches by John Gould. The artist and author, Edward Lear, contributed 67 of the plates and many of the foregrounds.

Hand-colored lithograph in perfect condition, printed by C. Hullmandel and colored by Gabriel Bayfield in London, 1832–1837. Sheet size measures 14.5 x 21.125 inches.

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John Gould (1804–81) was a prolific publisher of ornithological subjects. In 19th-century Europe, his name was as well recognized as Audubon’s was in North America. Unlike Audubon, whose life’s work focused on one region, Gould traveled widely and employed other artists to help create his lavish, hand-colored lithographic folios.

John Gould’s love of natural history was fostered in the gardens of King George III where his father was chief gardener at Windsor Castle. Initially trained as a gardener, Gould’s interests quickly evolved, and at the age of 20, he was appointed taxidermist to the Zoological Society of London. After three years, he progressed to the position of curator of birds and chief taxidermist. In 1830, newly married, Gould and his artist wife, Elizabeth Gould (née Coxen, 1804 – 1841), began their publishing venture. During a career spanning over half a century, John Gould oversaw the publication of more than a dozen folios on birds of the world.

Among Gould’s many folios are A Monograph of Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans (1834 and 1854), the most flamboyant of Gould’s works. Monograph of the Trochilidae or Family of Humming Birds (1849–61) is Gould’s masterpiece in both breadth and beauty. Produced in London 1862–73, The Birds of Great Britain is considered to be the culmination of Gould's career.

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