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 fowl artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines might be discovered on-line, the plates not often see the sunshine of day. Subsequently I made a decision to point out one, every so often, on this web site. That is the seventh 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’. Certainly one of eleven kids, 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 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 fowl painter.
The fowl, Gallus lafayettii, is endemic to Sri Lanka the place it is not uncommon. Henry, within the article, descrbed his observations on the birds within the wild.
Avicultural Journal 65, 1959