20 November 2003
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
A Great Green Macaw, Macrocercus Militaris, an illustration for Sir William Jardine's The Naturalist's Library
signed 'E. Lear. del.' (centre right, below the branch) and inscribed 'plate 5' (lower left) and '/Macrocercus Militaris.' (lower right), and further inscribed 'S America - The Andes' (upper left)
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with gum arabic
7 x 4¼ in. [17.9 x 10.9 cm.]
Sir William Jardine, and by descent in the family from whom purchased by
Christopher E. Dalgety; Sotheby's, London, 13 June 1961, lot 218.
with Agnew's, London, 1962.
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W.H. Lizars, The Naturalist's Library, 1843, vol. XVIII, pl. v.
Agnew's, London and Edinburgh, 89th Annual Exhibition of Watercolour Drawings, 1962, no. 94.
For a note on Lear and his illustrations for The Naturalist's Library, see lot 74.
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