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The Family of Hummingbirds


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Joel Oppenheimer is the owner of his eponymous firm that serves as both a gallery and an art restoration workshop, with one location in Chicago's famed Wrigley building and another in Charleston on historic King Street. Founded in 1969, Oppenheimer Gallery specialises in natural history art. Oppenheimer Gallery is one of the preeminent dealers of Audubon watercolors and facsimile prints and works in partnerships with museums across the country including the New-York Historical Society. Oppenheimer is the author of The Birds of America: The Bien Chromolithographic Edition.

Robert Peck, curator of art and artifacts and senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, is a writer, naturalist, and historian who has traveled extensively in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Peck is the author of many books including Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America (1990); Headhunters and Hummingbirds: An Expedition into Ecuador (1987); and A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1982).


"A sublime collection of 418 suberbly detailed hand-colored lithographs created by John Gould from the mid-1800s...If you're a fan of natural history art, hummingbirds, or birds in general - this unrivaled master collection of antique prints is definitely a piece you'd want to add to your collection. " --Color Outside the Lines "John Gould, a 19th-century Englis hornithologist and bird artist, had a particular interest in hummingbirds. Who can blame him? This stunning volume features his superbly detailed hand-colored lithographs of hundreds of species. Plus, authors Joel Oppenheimer and Laura Oppenheimer tell hte sory of Gould's colorful life and place his work in the context of a period when the exploration of science and the world's natural wonders was at an all-time high." --BirdWatching

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