J.G. KEULEMANS Antique Lithograph Art Bluebellied Roller Bird c 1880s Initials
> Circa 1880s original, authentic lithograph of a colorful Bluebellied Roller bird by John Gerrard Keulemans (1842 - 1912)
> The bird is rendered in exquisite detail, hand colored with vivid dark and light blue tipped wings, belly and tail, dark brown wing and back feathers, a dark two-pronged tail, with a tannish gold chest and head feathers
> Imprinted with the artist's initials (not an actual pencil signature) under the lower branch in the work, "Hanhart Imp." at the lower right side, and "Bluebellied Roller (Coracias Cyanogaster)" beneath the bird
> Print paper appears to be on high quality acid-free paper
> Exposed area of print measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches, and print has margins extending beyond that under the mat
> Comes with the wood frame (brown walnut color) and mat, both of which appear to be original and measure 14.5 x 16.5 inches tall at the outer dimensions
> Item ships without frame glass to avoid possible breakage and damage
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
John Gerrard Keulemans was the most sought-after bird artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in the Netherlands, he spent a great deal of time in London, as well as in Africa and the Cape Verde Islands.
Keulemans was one of several well-known artists who contributed to Lord Thomas Lilford's Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands (1885-1897). This seven-volume work contained 421 plates, representing late 19th-century chromolithography at its best.
Keuleman's ability to create accurate and vivid representations of birds placed him prominently in his field and above his contemporaries. He was commissioned to draw pictures of birds extensively throughout his career and his prints were published continuously from 1868 to 1911 (some have appeared posthumously, as late as 1928).
Listing photos were taken in natural outdoor light with piece still under glass. Lighter areas on the right hand side of photos and frame shadows are reflections from the glass.
Piece has been kept matted and framed under glass and is in very good condition for its age. Colors are still vibrant, and the detail exquisite. Print is intact, and exposed area has no tears, stains, rips or moisture damage. Imprinted text and impression of artist's initials are still legible.
Print paper and mat have yellowed with age, and have a light brownish tinge. Exposed area of print paper appears to have slipped in the frame very slightly downward to the right.
Wooden frame has several dings and a 2-inch chip in the wood at the top, and could be replaced along with the mat if desired. As noted above, item SHIPS WITHOUT FRAME GLASS. Wooden frame will be disassembled at one side for removal of the glass and shipping, and frame would need to be reattached to be re-used.
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