Framed Antique Art Print of a Pheasant of the East Himalayas circa 1800s
Framed Antique Art Print of a Pheasant of the East Himalayas circa 1800s (19th century).
Sclater's Monal is A Pheasant of the East Himalayan Region.
Antique lithograph print by J. Gould and W. Hart, 19th Century.
The subject of this print is the Chalcophasis Sclateri and is great color and detail.
This print is newly matted and backed and measures 26" tall by 34" wide in the old maple frame.
Sclater's monal, also known as the crestless monal, is a large pheasant of the east Himalayan region.
The male is a very colorful bird.
It has an iridescent purple green plumage, short and curly green crown feathers, copper neck, purple black throat, white back, blue orbital skin, yellow orange bill and brown iris.
John Gould, Fellow of the Royal Society, (14 September 1804 – 3 February 1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist.
He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart.
He has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him.
His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.
Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, "On the Origin of Species".
William Matthew Hart (1830-1908) was an English bird illustrator and lithographer who worked for John Gould.
He began working for Gould in 1851, beginning an association that was to last thirty years.
Early during this period he made the patterns for the lithographic plates for Gould's work on hummingbirds, as well as working on The Birds of Great Britain with Henry Constantine Richter.
By 1870 Hart had become Gould's chief artist and lithographer.
After Gould's death in 1881, Hart was employed by Richard Bowdler-Sharpe of the British Museum to complete Gould's work on the birds of New Guinea and to produce illustrations for Sharpe's monograph on the birds-of-paradise.
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