John Gould Hummingbirds – revered by collectors and naturalists alike:
Perhaps the most prolific and beloved Ornithological Publisher of the 19th Century was John Gould. John Gould lived from 1804 to 1881 and was from England. In nineteenth century Europe his name was as well known as Audubon’s was in North America. Unlike Audubon, whose life’s work focused on one region, John Gould traveled extensively and employed artists to help create his lavish hand-colored lithographs in folio size. This effort was funded the merchant class, as well as the clergy and royal family. He published a total of 2999 different bird plates, which issued in parts of subscriptions that were sold or funded. It is said that John Gould Hummingbirds collection of actual specimens was over 2000 skins. His father was a taxidermist for the royals, and spurred his interest in collecting specimens and depicting them through the art of lithography. For one and one half centuries, and for many years to come, these beautiful, finely executed antique lithographs with water colors will complement your collection and home decor.
A Family of Hummingbirds or A Monograph of the Trochilidae, 1849-1861
Considered to be Gould’s passion and greatest work were his hummingbirds. Some four hundred eighteen species were depicted by the artists John Gould, H.C. Richter and William Hart.Each of these John Gould Hummingbirds exquisitely defines these beloved birds. John Gould’s hummingbirds are shown with with the flora indigenous to the area for the birds. Strong botanical elements add a dimension not found in other great bird books. A Family of Hummingbirds or A Monograph of the Trochilidae, was published in England from 1849-1861. These stunning hummingbird prints required the tremendous skill of lifelong craftsmen and apprentices. From the creation of the paper, lithograph and the application of the the color to the black and white lithographs: gold leafing, transparent oil and water colors, with highlights of lacquer and gum arabic. This is was speaks loudly to anyone who has the opportunity to appreciate the origian works of John Gould.