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William Matthew Hart (British, 1830-1908)

William Matthew Hart (British, 1830-1908) The Magnificent Birds of Paradise (Cnemophilus Maogregori) and Sickle Crested Birds of Paradise (Diphyllodes Seleucides) the first inscribed with title and 'Paradise Part 4' lower right--the second signed and dated 'W.Hart/1894' inscribed as titled and 'Paradise Part 6 (The plate is not in reverse)' lower right--the first pencil, watercolor and ink on paper heightened with gum arabic and the second pencil and watercolor on paper 21½ x 15in. (54.6 x 38.1cm.) Two (2)
R.B. Sharpe, A Monograoh of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, London, 1891, 2 vols., folio (for both)
Lesson, A Monograph of the Magnificent Birds of Paradise(in French), possibly plate 19 or 20

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William Matthew Hart was one of the illustrators and lithographers who worked with John Gould, most notably on The Birds of Asia, 1850-1853 and The Birds of Great Britain, 1862-1873
On Diphyllodes Seleucides, the current scientific name is Diphyllodes Magnificus


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