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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Chemalopex Egyptiaca
Date Made/Found: 1837
Artist: Edward Lear , British, 1812 - 1888
Previous owner: Thomas Campbell Eyton , British, 1809 - 1880
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 462 x 616mm Support: 277 x 384mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG02189
Lear painted this Egyptian Goose towards John Gould's book, 'Birds of Europe', a large scale work on bird-life which Gould published in five volumes between 1832 and 1837. Lear later reproduced this study in lithograph as one of the 448 plates in 'Birds of Europe' and also painted and lithographed a further 68 birds for it. The watercolour painting was the first part of a process in the production of illustrations for Gould's book. Gould first produced and sketched information for the images through correspondence and his own research. Illustrators such as Lear then made a complete watercolour drawing of each bird. Illustrators as talented as Lear would make bird studies from life when possible, though many others used stuffed birds. Once a satisfactory illustration was produced it could them be mass-produced through lithography and finally hand-coloured in watercolour by a team of colourists.
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