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  • Tasmanian Ground Parrot – Greene – 1884

    Tasmanian Ground Parrot – Greene – 1884

    Original wood cut hand finished engraving of the shy Tasmanian Ground Parrot or Green Ground Parrot from Parrots in Captivity published in London in 1884.

    A beautifully patterned Ground Parrot of medium size, bright green with black and yellow markings and a pale yellow wing bar. It has a small red band on the lower forehead.

    A secretive bird found in the west of Tasmania, where it prefers buttongrass and open heathlands.Not usually seen unless flushed out from cover. Although it also occurs on mainland Australia, it is now only found there in fragmented populations due to disturbed habitats. the bird constructs a shallow nest of fine sticks and grass hidden under low shrubs. The female incubates the eggs and broods the young. She is fed by the male who also feeds the young when they hatch.

    Greene’s delightful work comprising wood-engraved plates printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished with delicate highlighting in gum arabic to accentuate the bright colouring.

    Benjamin Fawcett was one of the great colour printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple blocks that resulted in vivid finely coloured works. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds. The engravings are the finest illustrations of parrots from the period.

    Pricing structure … the prints alone $140.00, matted as shown $165.00 or framed in gilt $320.00 ready to hang. Just let us know which option … default is matted only

    Rare 19th Century print of the Tasmanian Ground Parrot

    $165.00

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  • Western Whipbird (Psophodes Nigrogularis) John Gould – Birds of Australia 1840

    Western Whipbird (Psophodes Nigrogularis) John Gould – Birds of Australia 1840

    Original hand-coloured lithograph (from stone) from Gould’s major work “Birds of Australia” of the Western Whipbird, sometimes referred to as the Black-throated Psophodes.

    This work executed by Gould and Richter and completed in London 1840 -1848. At the time only one specimen of the bird had been collected (a male). Gould in his narrative states that we are indebted to Mr Gilbert for the then knowledge. Gilbert had come across it in the Wongan Hills which are placed about 150km of Perth. The image presented by Gould show the bird in its natural size.

    Not the subspecies Psophodes Nigrogularis is now considered endangered with only a small group left in a patch to the east of Albany.

    Nicely executed Gould Original

    $420.00

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  • Australian – Blue Bonnet Parrakeet – Greene – 1884

    Australian – Blue Bonnet Parrakeet – Greene – 1884

    Original wood cut hand finished engraving of the multicoloured Bluebonnet Parrot from “Parrots in Captivity”, published in London 1884.

    The Bluebonnets inhabit the south and central interior, they are quite plentiful and thankfully not popular as cage birds. Even at the time of this image they were considered too aggressive for captivity. Tough little guys.

    Greene’s delightful work comprising wood-engraved plates printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished with delicate highlighting in gum arabic to accentuate the bright colouring.

    Benjamin Fawcett was one of the great colour printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple blocks that resulted in vivid finely coloured works. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds. The engravings are the finest illustrations of parrots from the period.

    Price $140.00unframe or $260.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style.

    Blue Bonnet in all his glory … click on me to see my beauty!

    $140.00

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  • Eastern Ground Parrot – Shaw and Nodder – 1795

    Eastern Ground Parrot – Shaw and Nodder – 1795

    One of the earliest Australian Natural History images. In extremely good condition with bright original colouring.

    Copper engraved and hand coloured by Shaw & Nodder. Shaw was in charge of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. Frederick Nodder was a natural history artist and worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    The very shy Eastern Ground Parrot can be seen in South East Queensland although numbers are diminishing and it is estimated that only 4000 breeding pairs remain anywhere.

    Price $190.00 unframed or $290.00 framed in cream mat with black core gilt frame (Voyager Natural History Style) …. ready to hang.

    Rare 18th Century Australian Parrot Engraving … a Voyager favourite … go on click on me to see my beauty!

    $190.00

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  • Lesser Lemon-Crested Cockatoo – Greene’s Parrots – 1884

    Lesser Lemon-Crested Cockatoo – Greene’s Parrots – 1884

    Original wood cut engraving of a beautiful Cockatoo also known simple as the Yellow Created Cockatoo from Parrots in Captivity published in London in 1884. It inhabits the rainforests of Indonesia and in particular Sulawesi. He can be confused with the Sulphur Crested but he is quite a bit smaller at about 35 cm tall. The male and female are almost identical.

    Greene’s delightful work comprising wood-engraved plates printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished with delicate highlighting in gum arabic that makes the breast feathers shimmer in a most unusual way.

    Benjamin Fawcett was one of the great colour printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple blocks that resulted in vivid finely coloured works. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds. Greene’s Parrots in Captivity is an authoritative and studious work. The engravings are the finest of all the illustrations of parrots from the period.

    Price $160.00 unframed … ask about framing options if you wish

    Nice Cockatoo from the Equatorial Regions of Indonesia

    $160.00

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  • Rufous-bellied Pteruthius  (Pteruthius Rufiventer) John Gould – The Birds of Asia

    Rufous-bellied Pteruthius (Pteruthius Rufiventer) John Gould – The Birds of Asia

    Original hand-coloured lithograph from Gould’s impressive “Birds of Asia” completed and published in London in 1856.

    Executed by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter. Beautifully colouring and with gum Arabic highlights to the back, tail and eyes of the bird to give extra depth and contrast. A very good near fine example with the attendant descriptive page.

    The now common name of the bird is the Black-headed Shrike-Babbler. At the time of this lithograph it had recently been discovered and named as a new species by Mr Blyth of Calcutta, India. He is still given that accolade. It was thought to be uncommon whilst it is found from Eastern Nepal through to Vietnam.

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Quality original John Gould Lithograph

    $360.00

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