John Gould, Pl. 15 Cayenne Aracari, Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans, hand-colored lithograph, second edition, 1852–54
Acquire a superb hand-colored lithograph from John Gould’s Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans, Pl. 15 Cayenne Aracari, Pteroglossus aracari, (Linnaeus, 1758), available this week only at a special price. The current name is Black-necked aracari. It is a native of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Bolivia. This exuberantly colored toucan is distinguished by a jet-black plumage from the forehead to the nape and sides of the neck, a band of red around a yellow belly and the feathers at medial rear are red-tipped posteriorly farther than red in breast band, a very long curved black striped bill, blue skin around the eye, and green wing and tail feathers.
A dynamic and animated composition by Gould and Richter exquisitely hand-colored by Gabriel Bayfield; lithograph printed in London by Hullmandel & Walton, 1852–54. Charles Hullmandel (1789–1850) was instrumental in developing British lithography. In perfect condition, sheet size measures 21.75 x 14.75 inches.
$2,250 this week only (list price $3,000). Offer expires 10-23-17.
The exotic Toucans have a sense of familiarity because they are among the most often reproduced images of all bird art. The name Toucan is derived from the Tupi Indians of Brazil who call them Tucano. Their origin is the tropical rain forests of the Americas.
A Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans is the most flamboyant of Gould’s works. Originally published in London in three parts from 1833 to 1835, the first edition comprises 33 hand-colored and one uncolored lithograph. Lear contributed nine of the plates and the rest were drawn and lithographed by Elizabeth Coxen Gould, John Gould's talented wife, after sketches by John Gould. Gould published a second edition of the Toucans from 1852–54 with 52 hand-colored plates drawn and lithographed by John Gould and H. C. Richter.
The most prolific publisher of ornithological subjects of all time, John Gould (1804–1881), in nineteenth-century Europe, his name was as well known as Audubon’s was in North America. Gould's love of natural history was fostered in the gardens of King George III where his father was chief gardener at Windsor Castle. Although trained as a gardener, Gould’s interests soon evolved. He moved to London where he worked as a taxidermist, and at the age of 27, 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, began their publishing career.
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. Among Gould's renowned works is the monumental Birds of Europe, originally published in 22 parts from 1832 to 1837 and A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Family of Humming-Birds (1849-87), considered Gould’s masterpiece in both breath and beauty.
Reference: Fine Bird Books 1700–1900, Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 1990, page 101
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