John & Elizabeth Gould “Salicaria Phragmitis.” Sedge Warbler. From Birds of Europe. London: Gould, 1832-37. Lithograph by E. Gould. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.
John Gould (1804-1881) was one of the most respected and prolific ornithologists of all time and his wife, Elizabeth (1804-1841), who produced many of the images for his works, was one of the best 19th century natural history artists. Gould’s prints are noted for their particularly realistic and accurate appearance. John Gould often gave his artists sketches of the birds in their natural habitats, which these artists then finished and lithographed onto the stones, hand-coloring each print once it was run off. In this case, the print lithograph was produced by John’s wife Elizabeth. For their realism and vibrant hand-coloring, these are some of the most beautiful bird prints ever produced.