Lear, Edward (drawn and lithographed by).
London. No date. [1830- 1832].
Lithograph, handcolored, sheet size 21 x 13 3/4 inches (image approx. 16 x 11 inches). Matburn to outside edge of sheet, area of abrasion to paper at upper right corner (well outside image), couple of short tears at upper paper edge, very light scattered foxing. Overall image area is clean and bright, making a beautiful display. An exquisite image by the 19th century master of ornithological art, Edward Lear (1812-1888). This lithograph was drawn and lithographed by Lear for his first publication "Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae, or parrots: the greater part of them species hitherto unfigured," which appeared in parts between 1830 and 1832, limited to a print run of 175. Susan Hyman (Edward Lear's Birds) writes that this work "set new standards in ornithological publishing. Lear was the first to choose the large folio size which became general for later books;..Lear was also the first bird artist to work from living examples whenever possible and the first to produce his own lithographs. The devotion of an entire book to one family of birds was another innovation." Extraordinarily, Lear was less than 20 years old when he produced this work, which was printed by the fine lithographic printer Charles Hullmandel. Item #45755