Beautiful vintage pheasant drawing from the Prang publishing company. The original markings on this colored bird drawing indicate this is a species of pheasant native to Asia and Europe. Unfortunately, the original did not provide the species name, only that it was a gallinaceous bird – a heavily bodied terrestrial bird.
This vintage print is one in the series of Natural History prints that L. Prang and Company produced in the 1870s. I’m so glad they included a pheasant drawing. I think these birds are so beautiful but they often seem overshadowed by more exotic birds.
The original background on this drawing was showing its age. I removed it and put a solid white/grey one. The bird can easily be lifted off of the new background and put on your own.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.