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"The Birds of Australia"
by Gregory Mathews, illustrated by Henrik Grönvold

published by Witherby and Co., (12 volumes between 1910-1927)


Original hand-colored lithographs (225 or fewer were issued!)

Sheet size: approx. 10 x 14 inches

Henrik Grönvold, (1858-1940) was a Danish naturalist and artist. From an early age, he developed an interest in natural history and spent his time drawing the birds and animals around him. In his early years he studied drawing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 1892, Grönvold left for America by way of England. It was in London that he landed a job preparing bird skeletons for the Natural History Museum. There he developed skill as a taxidermist and established his reputation as an artist. In 1895, Grönvold joined an expedition to the Savage islands, returning later to continue as an artist at the Musem.

By the end of the century, Grönvold’s work was well represented in the scientific literature. Grönvold also completed numerous plates for Lord Rothschild. He also produced plates of bird eggs, which were quite unusual and rarely found in early bird books.

The plates below are from one or more volumes of The Birds of Australia, one of the last significant works to be illustrated with hand colored lithography—and was limited to 225 or fewer copies.

Black Butcher-bird
MELLORIA QUOUI
(Black Butcher-bird)

$95

Black-throated Butcher-bird
CRACTICUS NIGROGULARIS
(Black-throated Butcher-bird)

$85

Shrike Thrushes
CALEYA MEGARHYNCHA
(Rufous-breasted Shrike-thursh)
BOWYERIA BOWERI
(Stripe-breasted Shrike-thrush)

$95

White-thoated Grass-Wren
MAGNAMYTIS WOODWARDI
(White-thoated Grass-Wren)

Wood Swallows
MICRARTAMUS MINOR
(Little Wood-swallow)
AUSTRARTAMUS CINEREUS
(Black-faced Wood-swallow)
AUSTRARTAMUS TREGELLASI
(Black-vented Wood-swallow)

$85

Bristlebirds
SPHENURA LONGIROSTRIS
(Western Bristle-bird)
SPHENURA BRACHYPTERA
(Bristle-bird)
MACCOYORNIS BROADBENTI
(Rufous Bristle-bird)

$95

Masked and White-rumped Wood Swallows
CAMPBELLORNIS PERSONATUS
(Masked Wood-swallow)
ARTAMUS LEUCORHYNCHUS
(White-rumped Wood-swallow)

$95

For other beautiful bird illustrations by Grönvold, see the Butler prints

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