We all know Edward Lear for his delightfully nonsensical verses, but few remember that the 19th century poet and limericist also had a short career as an ornithological illustrator in his teenage years. Using the live birds housed at London’s Zoological Gardens as models, the young artist created beautiful ink, graphite and watercolor sketches of countless exotic species. A number of these colorful and unusual sketches were recreated as lithographs and bound together as Illustrations of the Family of Psittiacidae, or Parrots, published before Lear had even turned twenty. Initially titled Study of an Indigo Macaw, our Blue Macaw Parrot Print is a stunning facsimile of a portrait from this collection, depicting a vibrant species of parrot now commonly known as Lear’s macaw. This naturalistic illustration is surrounded by the artist’s hand-written notations and color samples, giving it all the feel of a true one-of-a-kind original. We’ve stuck with its antique vibe and finished this piece in a classic gilded wood frame. Perfect for bringing a bit of history to any space, we love this print on its own or mixed in with other works for a layered look.
•17.25"W x .75"D x 25.25"H
•reproduction of an early 19th century watercolor sketch by Edward Lear
•gilded wood frame