Edward Lear

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One of the great ornithological artists of his era, the multi-talented Edward Lear (1804 – 1888) was a self-taught naturalist and painter who later became famous for authoring books of nonsense poems and limericks. Edward Lear’s exacting and masterly skill as an artist was employed by other major publishers of nineteenth-century English ornithologies and natural histories. Edward Lear’s work is distinguished by the fact that he was among the first bird artists to draw primarily from living examples, recording not only the precise details of the birds he painted, but also expressing his ornithological subjects’ unique character. The plates Edward Lear contributed to John Gould’s Birds of Europe are among the finest of that work. These rare, beautifully hand-colored plates are signed by Lear on the lithographic stones.

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 2 Cinereous Vulture

Original price was: $3,500.00.Current price is: $1,750.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 6, Golden Eagle

Original price was: $2,900.00.Current price is: $1,160.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 8 Spotted Eagle

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,400.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 10 Sea Eagle

Original price was: $4,200.00.Current price is: $2,100.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 12, Osprey

Original price was: $8,500.00.Current price is: $5,100.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 13 Short-Toed Eagle

Original price was: $2,800.00.Current price is: $1,260.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 15 Rough-Legged Buzzard

Original price was: $1,800.00.Current price is: $720.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 28, Kite

Original price was: $4,500.00.Current price is: $2,475.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 32 Marsh Harrier

Original price was: $1,800.00.Current price is: $720.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 250 Black Grouse

Original price was: $3,500.00.Current price is: $1,750.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 254 Rock Ptarmigan

Original price was: $900.00.Current price is: $270.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 256 Short-toed Ptarmigan

Original price was: $2,500.00.Current price is: $1,125.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 267 Great Bustard

Original price was: $3,200.00.Current price is: $1,600.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 270, Common Crane

Original price was: $9,500.00.Current price is: $5,700.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 272, Numidian Demoiselle

Original price was: $6,500.00.Current price is: $3,900.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

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Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe, Pl. 281 Freckled Bittern

Original price was: $3,500.00.Current price is: $1,750.00.

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches