John Gerrard Keulemans
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.