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New Ireland Fruit Pigeon (Papua New Guinea)

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Vintage print. New Ireland Fruit Pigeon
New Ireland Fruit Pigeon (Papua New Guinea)
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  • Artist / Collection: John Gould
  • Product Code: FRP6092

New Ireland Fruit Pigeon (Papua New Guinea)

23.5 x 18 cm (9 x 7 inches).

Carpophaga rubricera
Papua New Guinea

John Gould was the enterprising genius behind the creation of 2999 different hand­colored lithographic plates of birds and animals. He was born in 1804 on the Dorset coast in England. Gould had no formal university training and considered himself a self-made man. He gained his ornithological knowledge by observation and experience. Nevertheless his contributions to this science were so vast that in 1843 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. Making these prints was technically and artistically demanding. Gould's original sketches were transferred to stone with special pencils or chalk. They were printed by hand from the stones. Each print was hand-colored, and issued in small sets to subscribers only. As the prints were very expensive only a few hundred of the wealthiest people and institutions could afford them, accounting for their rarity today. This lithograph is a facsimile of the best of John Gould's tropical birds printed in Germany in the early 1950s.

Date Made1950-1999
Paper Size23.5 x 18 cm (9 x 7 inches)
Main ColorMulticolored
Size Category21 to 30 cm [8 to 12 inches]