Female Golden-Winged Warbler
These wonderful hand-coloured engravings come from 'American Ornithology, or, The Natural History of Birds Inhabiting the United States, Not Given by Wilson : With Figures Drawn, Engraved, and Coloured, from Nature' - Volume 1 by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, 1825 which is online at the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture at the University of Wisconsin (note ' Display gallery view' in the sidebar). There are 25 plates in total, in multiple formats.
The preface (and title, of course) makes clear that Bonaparte (a nephew of Napoleon) was attempting to complete the ornithological series on America started by Alexander Wilson, who died in 1813 while writing a ninth volume. The present work pertains to land birds and a further 2 or 3 volumes were released up until 1833.
Bonaparte was unsuccessful in his attempt to have a young John James Audubon accepted as a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences. He eventually returned to his native Europe and published a book on italian animals.
The illustration work above was produced by Titian Peale but more interesting to me was learning that the copper plate engraving was carried out by Alexander Lawson. One of my favourite discoveries since starting this site was the eclectic sketch album collection of Lawson (i, ii).
All of the above images have had minor touch ups to background age-related artifact. I originally posted this book to Mefi last year so you could say that this is via some mysterioso named peacay.