Common Name: Purple HeronPrevious owner:
Thomas Campbell Eyton
, British, 1809 - 1880
Artist: and printmaker
, British, 1812 - 1888
Charles Joseph Hullmandel
, British, 1789 - 1850
, British, 1804 - 1881
Material and Medium: hand-coloured lithograph on paper
Dimensions: Support: 530 × 372mm
Accession Number: CGSG06187
This is a lithograph from John Gould's book the 'Birds of Europe', a large scale work on European bird-life which Gould published in five volumes between 1832 and 1837. Gould wrote the text himself, and it was illustrated with 448 lavish plates.
Lear provided 68 of the plates, which he both drew and lithographed. The others were drawn and lithographed by Gould's wife Elizabeth. Although Lear's contribution in the number of plates was relatively small, it was his style that Elizabeth Gould followed, her plates becoming more detailed and vibrant than she had attempted in earlier editions of Gould's numerous books.
Lear was unusual in that he made his preparatory drawings from live birds rather than from skins or taxidermy, and his keen association with ornithologists meant he gained access to measure and sketch birds in private menageries. This meant that his plates often had more character and better accuracy than those by other ornithological artists.Display Location: