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1830 Drepanis Wallcreeper, ornithology, Brodtmann, folio, lithograph

1830 Drepanis Wallcreeper, ornithology, Brodtmann, folio, lithograph

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Drepanis is a genus of Hawaiian honeycreeper in the subfamily Carduelinae of the family Fringillidae. The birds are endemic to Hawaii.

The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is the only extant species, but the extinct Tichodroma capeki is known from the Late Miocene of Polgardi, Hungary.

Hand coloured. As such rare.

Stone lithography was the first printmaking technology that allowed a traditional artist to work using traditional techniques, and to create prints that could rival an original painting in terms of detail, mood and color variations.

Handsomely illustrated by one of the finest stone lithographers of the day, Joseph Brodtmann (1787-1862), whose works have always been admired for their scientific accuracy as well as their aesthetic appeal. Brodtmann employed techniques for "texture" that are quite similar to that of an aquatint

A handsome example of his Brodtmann's aesthetic sense and skill in the medium complemented by EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL HAND COLOURING (found only very rarely). 

Trained as a physician, Schinz (1777-1861) taught natural history at the University in his native Zürich, where he also served as curator for the natural history society. He was a prolific and popular author of zoological works, including volumes on birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. 



[Zürich: Brodtmann, 1830].

FOLIO LEAF: 33 x 23.4 cm

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