a color plate from 1960


Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to assist 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 could be discovered on-line, the plates not often see the sunshine of day. Subsequently I made a decision to indicate one, from time to time, on this website. That is the eighth within the collection.

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

The Sri Lanka spurfowl (Galloperdix bicalcarata) is endemic to Sri Lanka the place it’s comparatively widespread within the lush forests however much less generally seen. It skulks in forests and Henry wrote ‘that with the doable exception of a number of the rails, probably the most tough to watch in Nature of any of the Island’s birds; such contacts as are made with it being usually confined to a quick glimpse because it dashes into cowl when instantly come across some jungle path’. We noticed it at Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 2013.

Avicultural Journal 66, 1960


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