Hand Colored 19th Century Lithograph Phasianus Colchicus Pheasant w/Baby Chicks

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 A superb J.Wolf & J. Smit lithograph, M&N Hanhart, IMP. depicting a mother pheasant with her chicks, entitled Phasianus Colchicus. Hand colored, under glass in a carved wood frame with openwork. Overall excellent condition. The frame has some damage on the lower left side (see photos). Has period wear and patina consistent with age and use but no serious damage or repairs. More information about the print: Published for the Author Daniel Giraud Elliot, after Joseph Wolf by J. Smit, printed by M. & N. Hanhart and published c.1870-1872. This is a beautiful image from the most splendid of Elliot's great monographs, A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of the Pheasants. The magnificent size and beautiful coloring of the plates after Joseph Wolf's charcoal drawings reflect the importance which Elliot attached to the Phasianidae. Of all the families in the ornithological system, he regarded it as the one most vital to the human race, "containing within it the species that afford food for thousands of mankind, and also those which are the original source of all the domestic poultry met with throughout the civilized world."Daniel Giraud Elliot (March 7, 1835 - December 22, 1915) was an American zoologist. Elliot was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the American Ornithologists' Union. He was also curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago. Elliot used his wealth to publish a series of sumptuous color-plate books on birds and animals. Elliot wrote the text himself and commissioned artists such as Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit, both of whom had worked for John Gould, to provide the illustrations. The books included A Monograph of the Phasianidae (Family of the Pheasants) (1870-72), A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise (1873), A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats (1878) and Review of the Primates (1913). In 1899, Elliot was invited to join the elite Harriman Alaska Expedition to study and document wildlife along the Alaskan coast. The National Academy of Sciences awards the Daniel Giraud Elliot medal "for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published in a three- to five-year period. Established through the Daniel Giraud Elliot Fund by gift of Miss Margaret Henderson Elliot." M. & N. Hanhart was a London lithographic publishing house founded by Michael Hanhart (1788-1865) and Nicholas Hanhart.The firm's heyday is considered to have been between 1839 and 1882. They published a wide range of material including book illustrations and lithographic sheet music covers. Their best work was in the field of large chromolithographs. Hanhart used a complex layering of tint stones, to produce work unique in colouration and tonal values Please note the following item specifics:

OVERALL SIZE IN INCHES:Frame: 31 wide x 27 high x 2.5 deep. Mat opening size: 17x21.

YEAR:c1890

OVERALL CONDITION (SEE SCALE BELOW):C7-Excellent

MATERIAL:Paper, glass, wood

MAKER:J.Wolf & J. Smit

CONDITION GRADING SCALE C10-New, never used. - C9-Mint - C8-Near mint - C7-Excellent - C6-Very good - C5-Good - C4-Fair - C3-Poor

“HOLD FAST TO DREAMS, FOR IF DREAMS DIE, LIFE IS A BROKEN-WINGED BIRD THAT CANNOT FLY.”

~~Langston Hughes Quote~~

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Reference #:
ETSY-15538076407769
Quantity
1
Category
Art
SubCategory
Prints & Lithographs
Department
Antiques (approx100yrs)
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Dimensions
(Width x Height X Depth)
36.00 x 32.00 x 4.00
Weight
14.00
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