A dazzling panoply of colors and patterns, the Elliot Pl. 21, Shaw’s Pheasant is captured with astonishing detail.
This lithograph boasts vivid hand-applied color with select areas of glossy gum arabic, accentuating the iridescence of the bird’s plumage. A perfect addition to your rustic home or lodge, this magnificent pheasant will enhance any environment!
About the Family of Pheasants
A sumptuous collection of hand-colored lithographic plates, Daniel Giraud Elliot’s Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of Pheasants is unrivaled in its depiction of the various Pheasant species. Its scale, detail, and sheer artistic mastery delight the viewer’s eye as Elliot brings to life all the members of these colorful genera hailing from around the globe including parts of Asia, Africa, and Central America. The prints were issued in six parts over the course of two years from 1870 to 1872 after which the lithography stones were destroyed, limiting the number of sets to 150.
About Daniel Giraud Elliot
The artwork of the renowned 19th-century zoologist Daniel Giraud Elliot includes a monograph on the Family of Pheasants, Birds of Paradise, and Family of Cats. These lusciously colored lithographs present the animals and birds enmeshed in their natural environments. As a result of his independent wealth, Elliot spared no expense in the creation of his folios and used costly materials such as gold leaf to capture the glistening iridescence of the birds. Consequently, the costly productions were primarily obtained by only the most affluent individual and institutional clientele. In addition to his artistic works, Elliot cultivated a prolific literary career and was instrumental in developing ornithological societies and natural history institutions in America.
For more information about Elliot Pl. 21, Shaw’s Pheasant, email us at [email protected] or check out our articles What is a Lithograph? A Practical Guide to Understanding and Identifying Lithographic Prints and The Birds of Paradise: One of Nature’s Most Elusive, Ostentatious, and Promiscuous Families.