Photograph of part of John Gould's hummingbird collection.
Photograph of part of John Gould's hummingbird collection., Sepia-toned photograph, 230 x 295mm with upper corners deeply rounded, mounted on card within a printed or drawn frame of two parallel red lines closed at the ends and crossed over at each corner. The gallery is oblong in plan; some 3-4' from the walls, there is what appears to be a highly decorated cast-iron structure of pillars from which an oblong dome springs. At the ends are single bays with decorative brackets attaching the pillars to the cross beam; on either side a symmetrical arrangement of two somewhat shorter bays, separated by two pillars surmounted by a more ornate arch form. The main entry was probably at the photographer's point of view--a mirror shows what may be part of a door frame. There are some 17 cases of hummingbirds, looking very like those used in the 1851 exhibition at the Gardens of the Royal Zoological Society (see Gould 0507). Closest date without further evidence: [1860s]. The photograph was given to Dr. Gordon C. Sauer in 1983 by Grace Edelsten, widow of Dr. Alan Edelsten, a great-grandson of the Goulds.