Brazilian Hummingbirds III

Two Brazilian Hummingbirds, one Facing with Crest

Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 354


Sheet: 29.9 x 25.4 cm (11 3/4 x 10 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chromolithograph, touched with oil

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Male bird right, with crest and wings outspread, alighting on end of branch against background of mountain peak. Female on lower branch left, with enst above. Palm trees in valley. “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.


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