John Gerrard Keulemanns (1842-1912). “Halcyon Macleayi.” From Monograph of the Alcedinidae, or Family of Kingfishers.
London: Richard Bowdler Sharpe, 1868-1871. 6 ¼ x 7 ¼ (image). Lithograph. Full original hand color. Very good condition.
Dutch born Keulemanns was a skilled scientific artist in late 19th-century England, who became one of the best-known and most prolific bird illustrators in a world exploding with discoveries, descriptions, and publications of species of animals and plants from all over the globe. Excelling at draftsmanship, his consistently high standard of scientific precision and accuracy was so widely acknowledged and appreciated that an extraordinary number of the major ornithological monographs published between 1870 and 1910 contained illustrations by Keulemanns as artist, lithographer or both.
Other Kingfishers by Keulemanns: