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Joseph Wolf (1820-1899), Joseph Smit (1836-1929), Johannes Geradus Keulemans (1842-1912) and Marie-Firmin Bocourt (b. 1819)
Joseph Wolf (1820-1899), Joseph Smit (1836-1929), Johannes Geradus Keulemans (1842-1912) and Marie-Firmin Bocourt (b. 1819)

A collection of 44 watercolours of birds and animals including: Lophura sp. (Nepal Kalij); Tamandura tetradactyl (Lesser Anteater); Orycteropus afer (Aaardvark); Ailurus fulgeus (Red Panda); Gallinula sp. (Moorhen); and Pitta sp.

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Joseph Wolf (1820-1899), Joseph Smit (1836-1929), Johannes Geradus Keulemans (1842-1912) and Marie-Firmin Bocourt (b. 1819)
A collection of 44 watercolours of birds and animals including: Lophura sp. (Nepal Kalij); Tamandura tetradactyl (Lesser Anteater); Orycteropus afer (Aaardvark); Ailurus fulgeus (Red Panda); Gallinula sp. (Moorhen); and Pitta sp.
variously signed and dated 'J.Wolf.1869' (lower right) (3); 'J.Wolf' (lower centre) (4); 'J.Wolf 1862' (lower right); 'J.Wolf 1860' (lower centre); 'J.Smit' (lower right); 'JGKeulemans' (lower left) (2) 'F.Bocourt' (lower left) (2)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic, one on blue paper
7.7/8 x 10 in. (20 x 27.4 cm.); and smaller, the album 11 x 9 in. (28 x 23.6 cm.), overall; and two photographs of hippopotami
Provenance
Philip Lutley Sclater.

Lot Essay

Philip Lutley Sclater (1829-1913) was secretary of the Zoological Society of London, from 1859 to 1902 and editor of The Ibis. He was a prolific author of learned papers and published many books, for which he commissioned illustrations from artists such as Wolf, Smit, Keulemans and Bocourt. It has not been possible to relate the watercolours in the present group to exact plates but they are likely to have been produced for publications such as Transactions of the Zoological Society, London, 1835- (see following lot for various volumes of the Transactions).
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