New Zealand Antique Prints
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New Zealand Birds’
(The Greytown Gallery)

101 Main Street
Post Office Box 146
Greytown, 5742
New Zealand

Telephone 0064 6 304 8080

Sir William Jardine (1800-1874) was a key figure in the history of Victorian science. He owned the finest private natural history museum and library in Britain and made the study of natural history widely available by editing and issuing The Naturalist’s Library in forty small, well-illustrated, and relatively affordable volumes. Naturalist’s Library is a monument to Victorian industry and zeal for natural history education. On account of the high-quality hand-coloured illustrations, it is seldom found complete. The work is divided into four main sections: Ornithology, Mammalia, Entomology and Ichthyology; each was prepared by a leading naturalist. Among the artists who contributed to this massive work was Edward Lear whose illustrations include 1 uncoloured and 37 coloured plates in Mammalia vol. II (1834); 1 uncoloured and 31 coloured plates in Ornithology vol. V (Pigeons, 1835); and 1 uncoloured and 31 coloured plates in Ornithology vol. VI (Parrots, 1836). Follow this link for additional information about EDWARD LEAR

We have no Lear prints available at present. However, you may see images by Edward Lear in our