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Allegories of Empire: British Bird Lithographs of the 19th CenturyMarch 5, 1998 - September 5, 1998This collection of bird lithographs represents the work of British natural history artists -- John Gould, Edward Lear, John G. Keulemans, A. F. Lydon, Joseph Wolf, Henry Constantine Richter, William Hart, and Waterhouse Hawkins.During the 19th century collections of bird illustrations became very popular. Among the most famous were those published by John Gould and his wife, sometimes with the collaboration of painter Edward Lear, on the birds of Europe, Great Britain, and Australia. Nearly all the great bird books were illustrated by hand-colored lithography and published in folio. Whenever possible, the birds were shown in natural size, a standard set by Audubon.