John Gerrard Keulemans

1842-1912

Keulemans was the most sought-after bird artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A prolific, talented, work-oriented illustrator, he produced quantities of excellent bird plates for books and journals of the period. Although he worked largely from bird specimens, he was adept at creating drawings that were anatomically correct as well as attractively presented.

Keulemans was one of several well-known artists who contributed to Lord Thomas Lilford's Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands (1885-1897). This seven-volume work contained 421 plates, representing late 19th-century chromolithography at its best.

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