England 1770 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1819

  • Australia from 1800

Mountain bee eater. 1803-1805
Collection Title: Lewin, John. 'Birds of New South Wales with their natural history'. Sydney: G. Howe, 1813
Page: Plate 18
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, illustrated books, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate; hand-coloured Support: cream laid paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: centre of opposite page, '[shield]/ CA'.
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Dimensions: printed image (irregular) 21.6 h x 20.8 w cm sheet 28.2 h x 21.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1996
Accession No: NGA 96.916.18
Subject: Australia, Animal: Bird Australia, Art period: Colonial, New South Wales Australia, Book arts: Illustrated book
  • A.S.Whymper, signature on free endpaper. Christie's catalogue (1996) suggests that this signature is that of Annette Whymper.
  • Annette Whymper
  • Annette Whymper was one of the eleven children of the English wood engraver Josiah Wood Whymper (1813-1903). The engravings for British Birds in their Haunts, 1862 after drawings by Joseph Wolf is considered his masterpiece. Among his other publications were the wood engravings for the Life and Habits of Wild Animals, 1873-74 produced with the help of his sons Charles, Frederick and Edward. Charles H. Whymper (1853-1941) provided illustrations for books on travel, sport and natural history. They include wood engravings for Yarrells History of British Birds, 1871-89 and the birds of Egypt in 1909. Edward J. Whymper (1840-1911), alpinist, illustrator and wood engraver, who engraved the illustrations for Howard Willoughby Australian pictures drawn with pen and pencil London 1886, married Edith Mary Lewin in 1906.
  • H.Bradley Martin
  • Henry Bradley Martin (1906-1988), born in New York, studied at Christ Church College, Oxford from 1924-29. During these years he began to form his extensive library which was particularly strong in ornithology and literature. Martin had the distinction of owning two copies of this book.
  • Library of H.Bradley Martin, Sotheby's, New York 7 June 1989, lot 145, US $360,000 (A$ 525,000)
  • John Elliott
  • John Elliott born 1941, company director, acquired a number of high priced books in the late 1980s.
  • Printed Books, Autograph Letters, Documents, Pop and Sport Memorabilia, Christie's, Melbourne 26 March 1996, lot 276 (est. $3000,000-500,000) $240,000 to Horden House.
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Horden House, Sydney, 1996.