Originally drawn from nature and on stone by British ornithologist John Gould in the 1800s, this is a stunning large book plate of the Mountain or Mexican trogon. How gloriously handsome is he? It is framed behind glass and the frame is probably dated to the 50s. There are some faded watermarks on the print.
Gould's original sketches were transferred to stone with special pencils or chalk. They were printed by hand from the stones. Each print was hand-colored, and issued in small sets to subscribers only. As the prints were very expensive only a few hundred of the wealthiest people and institutions could afford them, accounting for their rarity today.’ (fineartprints.com)