Vol 55, No 1 (1994)


Cover Page
This conceptual sketch by John Gould (1804- 1881), the British ornithological illustrator, is titled "Trogon elegans" or the graceful trogon. Part compositional diagram and part lighting appreciation of the shape and attitude of the birds, this was passed on to Gould's associate, H. C. Richter, for a finished drawing on paper and subsequently on the lithographic stone. It was published as a hand-colored lithograph in Gould's Monograph of the Trogonidae (1875). The Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, houses the most extensive collection of the work of John Gould and his associates, including 3,000 published plates and some 2,000 original sketches, trac­ings, and transfer sheets, 85% of those still ex­tant. For more about the Spencer Library see the article on page 9.