John Gould

1804-1881

Hummingbirds have been called the jewels of the bird world. Their colorful iridescent plumage, tiny size and incredible speed fascinate us. For centuries artists have tried to capture their beauty.

John Gould's beautifully composed hummingbird plates display several individuals — alive, brilliant and real — in a natural setting. His depictions stand out for their wealth of detail, accuracy and sheer artistic presentation. The freer style made possible by the invention of lithography, coupled with the imagination of an artist who knew how to make the most of its possibilities, is very evident.

The jewels of the bird world were given their due by John Gould.

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