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John Gould's Beloved Hummingbirds

 

John Gould maintained an obsessive fascination for Hummingbirds: "These wonderful works of creation… my thoughts are often directed to them in the day, and my night dreams have not infrequently carried me to their native forests in the distant country of America" (Gould "Preface").

During his lifetime, Gould identified more than 400 species of Hummingbird, Linneaus, by comparison, having only identified 22. Gould famously exhibited his personal collection (from which the plates in this monograph are drawn) at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Zoological Gardens in Regents Park, and one of his revolving displays of these tiny birds with their "jewel-like glittering hues" (Gould "Preface") was on display in 2009 at the Yale Center for British Art as part of their exhibition "Endless Forms": Charles Darwin and the Natural Sciences. As a result Gould's "masterpiece [is] an incomparable catalogue and compendium of beauties" ("Fine Bird Books").

On offer here is a fine selection of these lovely lithographs with hand-coloring, many HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD LEAF AND OTHER IRIDESCENT MINERAL PAINTS, and then over-painted with transparent oil and varnish colors.

Bespoke, museum quality framing options are available starting at $350 per frame.  Please inquire by replying directly to this email should you wish to discuss framing. 

John Gould (1804-1881), Spathura Cissiura

John Gould (1804-1881), Spathura Cissiura
$ 850.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Ramphomicron Vulcani

John Gould (1804-1881), Ramphomicron Vulcani
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John Gould (1804-1881), Thalurania Watertoni

John Gould (1804-1881), Thalurania Watertoni
$ 650.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Lampornis Gramineus

John Gould (1804-1881), Lampornis Gramineus
$ 900.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Oxypogon Guerinii

John Gould (1804-1881), Oxypogon Guerinii
$ 900.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Orthorhynchus Cristatus

John Gould (1804-1881), Orthorhynchus Cristatus
$ 900.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Eucephala Caerulea

John Gould (1804-1881), Eucephala Caerulea
$ 750.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Selasphorus Platycercus

John Gould (1804-1881), Selasphorus Platycercus
$ 700.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Adelomyia Castaneiventris

John Gould (1804-1881), Adelomyia Castaneiventris
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John Gould (1804-1881), Coeligena Typica

John Gould (1804-1881), Coeligena Typica
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John Gould (1804-1881), Grypus Spixi

John Gould (1804-1881), Grypus Spixi
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John Gould (1804-1881), Threnetes Leucurus

John Gould (1804-1881), Threnetes Leucurus
$ 750.00
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John Gould (1804-1881), Phaethornis Intermedius

John Gould (1804-1881), Phaethornis Intermedius
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John Gould (1804-1881), Delattria Henrica

John Gould (1804-1881), Delattria Henrica
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John Gould (1804-1881),  Phaethornis Bourcieri

John Gould (1804-1881), Phaethornis Bourcieri
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John Gould (1804-1881),  Lesbia Gouldi

John Gould (1804-1881), Lesbia Gouldi
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John Gould (1804-1881),  Ionolaima Frontalis

John Gould (1804-1881), Ionolaima Frontalis
$ 750.00
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John Gould (1804-1881),  Gouldia Laetitiae

John Gould (1804-1881), Gouldia Laetitiae
$ 800.00
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John Gould (1804-1881),  Eriocnemis Squamata

John Gould (1804-1881), Eriocnemis Squamata
$ 750.00
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