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 widely known chicken 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, every so often, on this web site. That is the 4th within the collection.
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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 every of eleven youngsters, his father was supervisor of tea estates in what was then Ceylon. He was educated at residence by his older sisters. After working as a laboratory assistant he was taken on as a draughtsman by the Colombo Museum. He labored his method 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 chicken painter and his work is proven within the first of this collection.
In addition to papers on bugs, he wrote and illustrated A Information to the Birds of Ceylon (Oxford College Press) which was first revealed 1955.
Henry wrote the article for Avicultural Journal from Constantine, 5 miles from Falmouth in Cornwall. He referred to as the chicken the Ceylon Lorikeet (Loriculus beryllinus) and most well-liked the phrase ‘lorikeet’ to ‘hanging parrot’ on the grounds that different unrelated parrots sleep suspended from small twigs. Nevertheless, Hanging Parrot was then and nonetheless is the time period used for members of the genus Loriculus. This can be a species now we have seen within the wild. It’s endemic to Sri Lanka.
George Morrison Reid Henry died on 30 June 1983 in Worthing, West Sussex.
Avicultural Journal 68, 1962