Hullmandel & Walton Imp. [n.d. c.1848.]
Hand-coloured lithograph. 552 x 367mm. 21¾ x 14¾". Rubbing to lettering along publication line. Fox marks.
The Wompoo Fruit Dove, is one of the larger fruit doves native to New Guinea and Australia. From 'Birds of Australia' by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter. Known as 'the Bird Man', John Gould (1804-1881) was a naturalist whose passion was the field of ornithology. He was inspired to work on Australian birds by the many 'strange and unusual' specimens sent to him by his two brothers-in-law, who had emigrated to Australia in the early 1830s. He therefore relinquished his post at the Zoological Society and travelled to Australia in 1838 to record the 'habits and manners of its birds in a state of nature' - in country that was then largely unchartered.
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