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[Collection of Three Original Signed Watercolours Showing a Female Soemmering's Copper Pheasant, an Australian Lorikeet, and a Leadbeater's or Pink Cockatoo].
24 December 1860. Three watercolour and pencil drawings on laid paper ca. 19x11 cm (7 ¼ x 4 ½ in), mounted on period album leaves within ink drawn frames. Each titled in Latin, dated and signed "Dr. Sg. Ad viv. [or ad nat.] pinx." on the mounts. Collection in very good condition. Fine example of the mid 19th century ornithological drawings, representing three exotic species of birds: Australian Lorikeet and Leadbeater's or Pink Cockatoo (both native to Australia), and Soemmering's Copper Pheasant, endemic to Japan. These drawings executed from nature by a European ornithologist, showcase the popularity of the study of exotic ornithology at the time as in the 19th century many scientific expeditions to tropical regions brought home new species of birds.