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Psittacus macao et al: Brodtmann 1814

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  • Title: Psittacus macao, Psittacus garouba, Psittacus cristatus, Der Amazonen Papagay
  • Author: Karl Brodtmann
  • Date: 1814
  • Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
  • Condition: Good
  • Inches: 13 x 16 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 33 x 40.6 [Image]
  • Product ID: 262020

Hand-colored lithograph of a scarlet macaw, golden parakeet, sulphur-crested cockatoo, and Amazon parrot by Karl Joseph Brodtmann (1787-1862), one of the most accomplished lithographers of the early-nineteenth century. Born in the city of Überlingen near the German-Swiss border, Brodtmann worked for much of his career in Zurich and Schaffhausen, Switzerland. He produced numerous hand-colored volumes of images related to natural history which served as instructional resources for bio- and zoologists. Brodtmann's lithographs also became sought-after collectibles for the aristocracy, a fact which attests to both the great beauty as well as the scientific accuracy of his work.

This piece is likely miscolored - the scarlet macaw (top left) does not bear its iconic rainbow plumage, and the golden parakeet (bottom left) is in reality a bright yellow with green wingtips.