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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D , Case CIRC, Shelf BOX, Box 19

Phalacrocorax Punctatus

1842 (published)

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lithograph, hand coloured
Brief Description
'Phalacrocorax Punctatus', lithograph from 'Birds of Australia' by John Gould, 1842
  • Window size height: 440mm
  • Window size width: 330mm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Phalacrocorax Punctatus (inscribed bottom centre)
  • Edward Lear (signed)
Object history
John Gould was an English bird expert and artist who travelled to Australia in 1838 to study, describe and illustrate Australia’s bird species. His travels set him apart from the huge number of bird experts studying British species at the time, and in in these seven volumes Gould described many Australian birds for the first time. The prints within ‘The Birds of Australia’ were created using lithography, with the plates being created by Elizabeth Gould, Edward Lear, Waterhouse Hawkins and H.C. Richter. Gould himself wrote lengthy descriptions of each bird’s appearance and nature, which can be seen on the reverse of these prints.
Bibliographic Reference
Isabella Tree ‘The Ruling Passion of John Gould: A biography of the bird man’, Barrie and Jenkins Ltd., London, 1991, p. 62
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record createdNovember 13, 2017
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