Parakeet in Flight
Watercolor, over some pencil, on wove paper
7 x 9 1/8 inches (178 x 234 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Vincent Astor
By the time Lear was nineteen he was working on Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots, which was financed by subscribers. A letter in the Library's collection relates how, in order to attract more subscribers, Lear limited the work by making 175 impressions from each drawing and destroying the stones. While not a direct study for Lear's book, the markings of the bird appear to be identical with those of the undulated parakeet, plate 13 of this work.