Victorian Hand Coloured Bird Lithograph - Scolopax, est. 19th Century
Uncredited Lithograph of the Jack Snipe (Scolopax Gallinula) and Common Snipe (Scolopax Gallinago) in Biological Illustration format. A beautiful piece, ideal for bird lovers and academics alike. Hand coloured pieces are attached (adhesive) to a pencil background, giving a subtle 3D effect. No identifying marks, just 28x29 handwritten under the lower border. Estimated to be early to mid 1800s in line with similar pieces dated at this time which is partially verified by the naming of the Jack Snipe recording the scientific name Scolopax Gallinula. The Jack Snipe was recognised as its own genus Lymnocryptes, and the only member, in 1826. This would make it Scolopax Lymnocryptes after this time, based on naming at the time, not Scolopax Gallinula as was written. Excellent condition, some of the adhesive has browned with age and presents itself slightly around the Common Snipe piece. It's apparent a drop of adhesive fell at the bottom of the border. Framed behind glass in Auckland by Art & Picture Framers in Mt Eden. Their phone number is a 6 digit Auckland Phone Number, which dates the frame to no later than the 1970s. An overall excellent piece of history and taxonomy.
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