Images of birds with wonderful tails taken from “Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,” published in 1872 by American zoologist Daniel Giraud Elliot. Lithographs after artwork by Joseph Wolf. Taken from a current Sotheby’s auction catalog.

“Phasianus Deccollatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Euplocomus Praelatus.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Temmincki.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en
“Ceriornis Blythii.” Lithographed plate after Joseph Wolf. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/travel-atlases-maps-and-natural-history/daniel-giraud-elliot-monograph-of-the-phasianidae?locale=en

Wildlife art by natural history illustrator Joseph (Josef) Wolf (1820-1899). Born in Germany he worked first in Germany and then in Britain, with much of his natural history illustrations used as plates in books.

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“The Hippopotamus.” Mid 19th c. Collections of the Australian Museums, Sydney. Image © 2020 The Australian Museum. Fair use license. via https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/collections/museum-archives-library/john-gould/josef-wolf-1820-1899/

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“A Lion before the Pyramids.” 19th c. Pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/josef-wolf/a-lion-before-the-pyramids-3cD3CijkWwiuF7a_tYVg4A2

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“A Polar Bear hunting Seal in the Arctic.” 19th c. Watercolor on brown paper. Signed “J Wolf” on the lower right. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/josef-wolf-1820-1899-josef-wolf-1820-1899-2777842-details.aspx