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Antique genuine Gould & Hart lithograph of Tanysiptera Danae, Sharpe (Crimson and Brown Kingfishers) . This is the real deal, which I have kept in my personal collection for many years, having acquired from a local estate. John Gould was an amazing ornithologist who produced many of the most treasured books on birds ever done. Ironically, he was the expert, but not the artist. Instead he hired the best wildlife artists of his time (which included his wife, Elizabeth, as well as Joseph Wolf, Edward Lear and William Hart . When Gould died in 1881, his assistant, R. Bowdler Sharpe, finished his work and as noted, this is a Sharpe. Colors are vibrant and crisp and it is in excellent condition noting the slight foxing lower left and very light water stain lower right as shown. The price reflects these minor imperfections, but this is a very rare print. Image measures 14" x 22" and the frame 22" x 30". It is tastefully double matted. Non-glare glass. This is a treasure. I am an experienced shipper and will take greatest care in getting this rare artifact to you without harm. But because of the cost of shipping, and especially because of the glass, I could not trust a buyer to return in the same condition sent so this is a FINAL sale with no return available.
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