a color plate from 1959

Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to help the looks in Avicultural Journal of the occasional color plate. A well known hen artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines will be discovered on-line, the plates not often see the sunshine of day. Due to this fact I made a decision to point out one, every now and then, on this web site. That is the seventh within the sequence.

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This plate illustrates an article by the artist, George Morrison Reid Henry (1891-1983). He revealed and signed his work ‘G.M. Henry’. One in all eleven kids, his father was supervisor of tea estates in what was then Ceylon. He was educated at house by his older sisters. After working as a laboratory assistant he was taken on as a draughtsman by the Colombo Museum. He labored his means up and in 1913 was appointed to a brand new put up of Assistant in Systematic Entomology. He stayed in in that put up till he retired in 1946. His son, David Morrison Reid Henry (1919-1977) was additionally a hen painter.

The hen, Gallus lafayettii, is endemic to Sri Lanka the place it’s common. Henry, within the article, descrbed his observations on the birds within the wild.

Avicultural Journal 65, 1959

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