The Family Of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints Of John Gould

byJoel Oppenheimer, Laura OppenheimerForeword byRobert Mccracken Robert Mccracken Peck

October 30, 2018|
The Family Of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints Of John Gould by Joel Oppenheimer
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For all the bird lovers, the definitive collection of hummingbird illustrations by 19th-century naturalist painter John Gould, the "British Audubon".

This sublime collection of 418 superbly detailed hand-colored lithographs of hummingbirds, created by John Gould, the “British Audubon,” in the mid-1800s, represents all the known species at that time and is the most complete ever produced of hummingbirds. Unlike John James Audubon, whose work focused on the avifauna of a single country, Gould’s folios illustrate species from around the world. His original set of folios—Family of Humming-Birds—reproduced here in its entirety, depicts the magnificent jewel-like birds together with botanicals native to their habitats in the most remote and exotic ecosystems of the Americas.

In her essay for the book, co-author Laura Oppenheimer tells the story of Gould’s colorful life and places his work in the context of a remarkable period when exploration and classification of the world’s natural wonders was at the forefront of scientific discovery and universally celebrated in Victorian popular culture. Joel Oppenheimer details how Gould created the prints and presents an overview of nineteenth-century printmaking and lithography techniques. He also unravels the mystery behind the gold-leaf process that Gould employed to portray the iridescent quality of the hummingbirds’ plumage, resolving a long-standing controversy regarding who should be credited for its invention. This Family of Hummingbirds will delight birdwatchers, fans of natural history art, and hummingbird lovers everywhere.
Joel and Laura Oppenheimer are the owners of this eponymous firm that serves as both a gallery and an art restoration workshop, with one location in Chicago''s famed Wrigley building and another in Charleston on historic King Street. Founded in 1969, Oppenheimer Gallery specializes in natural history art. Oppenheimer Gallery is one of ...
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Title:The Family Of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints Of John Gould
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:304 pages, 12.25 X 9.38 X 1.24 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 12.25 X 9.38 X 1.24 in
Published:October 30, 2018
Publisher:Rizzoli
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780847860654

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