Greater Bird of Paradise, Bearded Barbet, Motmot
Decorative and colourful early 19th century print of three different bird species.
Der Grosse Paradiesvogel Paradisen Apoda (Greater bird-of-paradise, male)
The greater bird-of-paradise is distributed to lowland and hill forests of southwest New Guinea and Aru Islands, Indonesia. The diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds and small insects.
Der Brasiliensische Sager Momotus Brassiliensis (Motmot)
The motmots or Momotidae are a family of birds in the near passerine order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. All extantmotmots are restricted to woodland or forest in the Neotropics, and the largest diversity is in Middle America.
Der Barbikan Bucco Dubius (Bearded Barbet)
The bearded barbet is an African barbet. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.The bearded barbet is a common resident breeder in tropical west Africa.
size image: 34 cm x 28 cm
H 34 cm x W 28 cm
An interesting and one of the few prints that show Batavia how it looked like in the mid-18th century. The Dutch rulers followed the Dutch architactel way of building the houses, roads and canals. The only different was that in Batavia the build sunshades on they buildings. Showing in the print the terrible massacre of the Chinese that occurred in Batavia October 9th 1740, engraved by Adrian van der Laan of Amsterdam. The print shows Dutch troops firing cannon into Chinese houses on the banks of Kali Besar, slaughtering people as they fled their burning homes and waiting in boats to kill those that sought escape in the river; it is estimated that some 10,000 Chinese were killed. The massacre was prompted by tales of Chinese atrocities following the death of 50 Dutch soldiers at the hands of enraged Chinese sugar plantation workers who were protesting about Government repression and the declining sugar prices. This dramatic event is considered as the end of the Dutch golden age.
Size image: 39 cm x 53 cm