March 2009 - On the 19th March, antiquarian book shop Sotheran's will unveil over forty John Gould hummingbird prints on sale to raise funds for UK conservation charity the World Land Trust.
The great Victorian ornithologist and artist, John Gould was renowned for his invaluable contributions to Charles Darwin's work and his love of the hummingbirds which led him to produce one of the most outstanding bodies of work in the field of ornithology. Following his death in 1881, Henry Sotheran Limited, already involved in publishing some of Gould's later works, bought his entire estate which included a number of black and white lithographs with the pattern plates used for the hand colouring. This put Henry Sotheran in the unique position of being able to carry on the hand-colouring of the original 19th century lithographs according to Gould's exacting standards but which sell for around half the price of the original colour equivalents.
Sotheran's are very supportive of the work of the World Land Trust and the fact that hummingbirds are flagship species of many of the Trust's rainforest reserves throughout South America, makes this a highly appropriate partnership. This exhibition of John Gould's unique and beautiful work is a celebration of all that is wonderful and awe-inspiring about hummingbirds and the WLT are grateful to Sotheran's for donating 50% of the profits to the Trust for their tropical forest purchase and protection projects.
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