Exceptional stone lithograph of a pair of Golden-Eye Ducks with original hand-coloring from The Birds of Europe by John Gould.
Outside dimensions: 14.25 x 21.5 inches. Verso is blank.
Completed in London, c. 1832-37.
The Europe folio, with only 282 subscribers, contains some of Gould's most beautiful and dramatic images! The plates were drawn and lithographed by Elizabeth Gould, Edward Lear and John Gould - after traveling extensively to zoos, private collections and museums throughout Europe.
Although he was not always awarded credit, Edward Lear drew most of the larger birds such as eagles, storks, cranes, herons, owls, flamingos and pelicans. The smaller birds were depicted by Elizabeth Gould from sketches and designs by her husband. Colorists were Elizabeth Gould and George Bayfield. (REF: Maureen Lambourne Birds of the World, p. 26).
Scarce - limited by subscription to 287 examples. In excellent condition, clean and fresh with fine hand coloring