Brazilian Hummingbirds IV (Heliactin Cornuta)

Brazilian Hummingbirds IV

Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 354


Sheet: 30.4 x 25.8 cm (11 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

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 toward his mate. “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, Rhode Island; 1960, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 1960)

Credit Line

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