Lydekker Huia

Print description



Black-billed and Black-backed gulls
Larus bulleri and Larus dominicanus.
Hand-coloured lithograph.



Walter Lawry Buller's Birds of New Zealand,
1st edition, 1873.



John Gerard Keulemans

Addional Notes:


The first edition of Buller's Birds of New Zealand was pulished in 1873, in an edition of 500 copies with only 36 hand coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans. The lithographic stones were then destroyed. The highly valuable first edition plates were hand coloure by Dr. R. Bowdler Sharpe's three daughters, misses Dora Louise, Daisy Madeliner, and Sylvia Rosamund. Keuleman's background details were also coloured. Sometimes no water colour original exists where Keulemans drew his design directly on the stone and then coloured the first print himself as a guide to the hand coulourers of further copies.


Display &
Framing Notes:


Do not hang in direct sunlight.
This print should be framed with acid free archival matting and archival glass.



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