John Gould Hummingbirds.  The exquisite antique hand colored lithographs come from “A Monograph of the Trochilidae,” published in England from 1849 to 1861.

A John Gould Hummingbirds Hand Colored Lithograph Framed in Gold Leafed Bamboo.

Gould Hummingbirds Gold Bamboo Frame. An English circa 1860 hand colored antique hummingbird lithograph by John Gould in superior condition. Double museum matting with UV glass in a gold leaf over red paint bamboo frame. Excellent condition. One of Gould’s finest depictions of hummingbirds with exceptional flowers. 24×30″ $2000. shipped in the U.S.


Gould Hummingbirds Gold Bamboo Frame

John Gould Hummers Original Antique Lithographs from the 19th Century:

A collection of the revered John Gould Hummers which date back to 1849-1861.  Each folio hand colored lithograph was published in England for the rare ornithological work by Gould entitled “A Monograph of the Trochilidae.”  The water coloring illumination is exquisite.

Each piece measures  14 x 21 1/2.”  For framing questions and additional options, call 413-245-4197.

John Gould Lithographs – revered by collectors and naturalists

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.  

Gould’s 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

The original antique lithographs seen here are  from: A Monograph of the Trochilidae. Dating from 1849-1861. Exquisite antique lithographs with water colors, which were applied at the time of production.  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 exquisitely defines these beloved birds. It is said that John Gould personal collection of actual specimens of this bird was over 2000 skins.  The depictions are shown with the flora indigenous to the area for the hummingbirds. Strong botanical elements add a dimension not found in other great bird books.  

A Monograph of the Trochilidae, was published in England from 1849-1861.  The stunning hummingbird prints required the tremendous skill of lifelong craftsmen and apprentices. From the creation of the paper, lithograph and the application of 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 original works of John Gould.

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