Frame Designs by Ed House
Antique bird prints by John Gould

John Gould was born in Dorset, Great Britain, in 1804. His love of natural history was fostered in the gardens at Windsor Castle, where his father was chief gardener for George III. At the age of 20, he was appointed taxidermist to the Zoological Society of London, where he was introduced to the finest naturalists of his day, and inspired the great ornithological works, for which he is most remembered.

Gould was the most prolific artist and publisher of all time. In 1830 he published his first collection, A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains. He traveled widely and employed other artists to help create lavish hand-colored lithographic folios. He created 15 major works, 11 of which were devoted to birds specifically.

Among the many published books are: Birds of Europe, Birds of Australia, Birds of Asia, Birds of Great Britain, and Monograph of the Trochilida (hummingbirds). These beautiful prints are expertly produced and the method is so painstaking that it cannot be applied to huge numbers of prints, thereby making the prints valuable to this day.

Please stop by our gallery to see a fine selection of these lithographs.
 

One parrot
39-1/2 x 26-1/2"

 
Two parrots
39-1/2 x 26-1/2"


Frame Designs by Ed House