Brazilian Hummingbirds II

Two Brazilian Hummingbirds, Metallic Puffleg and Marvelous

1864
Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)


Catalogue Raisonné

Not in Karolik (1962) cat. 352

Dimensions

Sheet: 29.8 x 25.1 cm (11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

60.1070

Medium or Technique

Chromolithograph, touched with oil

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pair of birds, one with racket tail, both with puff legs, perched on ends of forked branch near nest with eggs. Palm trees and mountains behind. “Gems of Brazil” was the title given to twelve pictures, first exhibited by Heade in Rio de Janeiro in 1864, representing part of the twenty paintings intended to be chromolithographed and published in London, the work dedicated to Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil. Apparently, only a few proofs were made, unsatisfactory to the artist, and the project was abandoned. Robert G. McIntyre in Martin Johnson Heade, N.Y., 1948, lists only six impressions of the chromos, four of which, including this one, are in Museum of Fine Arts.

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 21, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875