Brazilian Hummingbirds (Heliactin Cornuta)

Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

Catalogue Raisonné

See Karolik Cat. 354

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chromolithograph on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Birds on forked branch with hanging moss, the male above, with horns, leaning towards his mate. Proof for “Gems of Brazil.” “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. This is the proof for 60.1068.


Gift of Russell W. Baker, Brookline MA to MFA April 8, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Russel W. Baker