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.