Daniel Giraud Elliot
Family of the Cats
Family of the Cats
The work was prompted by the need to resolve the confusion that had built up around the naming of the various species of felidae, particularly amongst the smaller cats.
The examples shown here were collected by Elliot after visiting all the great museums and zoological societies on both sides of the Atlantic. This allowed him to make a comparative study of skeletons and skins and reduce the number of separate species by nearly a third.
The resulting work was considered the definitive monograph on the cat family and is still the most beautiful work on the subject forming a fitting companion to Elliot’s sumptuous ornithological folios.
Own your own collection
Our collection gives you the opportunity to own prints created directly from the original editions of Elliot’s acclaimed masterpieces.
A complete set includes:
- 1 title page
- 1 content page
- 43 prints after the hand-colored originals
- 1 handcrafted Solander Box embossed with gold lettering.
- A certificate of authenticity
Publication: A monograph of the Felidae or Family of the Cats
Author: Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915)
Print Artist: Joseph Wolf
Publication date: 1883
A complete set includes:
1 title page
1 content page with all titles of the prints
43 prints after the hand-colored originals of
Certificate of authenticity
Casing: The complete set will be cased in an elegant handcrafted Solander Box covered in special linen embossed with golden lettering. You may choose your own color of the boxes and your own lettering.
Size of the prints: 23.6 x 19.5 inches (60 x 49.5 cm).
Source of the original: Teylers Museum Haarlem
Durability: To ensure the durability, the giclée’s are printed on acid-free white etching paper (270 g/m2) with archival ink.
Quality: These prints were photographed using the latest technology, with a color-checker color matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. Printed in the highest possible resolution, these prints are virtually indistinguishable from the originals when glazed and framed.
Limited Edition: The edition will be limited to 50 sets, numbered 1/50 to 50/50, signed and stamped with a blind embossing.
Shipping and delivery: Read more about shipping and delivery in our FAQ .
With a deep passion for natural history, and founder of the American Ornithological Union, Elliot is an important figure in the world of ornithological art.
Born in New York, Elliot later moved to Chicago where he became curator of zoology at the city’s Field Museum of Natural History. He was also one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Although he had artistic skills himself, Elliot recognised his own limitations and preferred to commission other artists to bring his ideas to life. Elliot’s collections therefore are created mainly from the work he commissioned from others.
Traveling through Europe and Asia
As a young man, Elliot travelled through Europe and Asia in pursuit of new bird and animal species. He often spent several years away from home at a time, studying and collecting his specimens.
With great personal wealth, Elliot had the resources to commission large, extravagant works of art at a time when many publishers were opting for smaller formats and less-expensive color techniques. As a result, Elliot’s exquisite and dramatic pieces stand apart from the other ornithological works of the late 1800s.
Influenced by Audubon
Elliot’s work is often compared to the great naturalist and artist John James Audubon. Indeed, Elliot himself alluded to the influence Audubon had on his work, writing in the preface to one of his collections:
“Since the time of Wilson and Audubon, no work has been published upon American Ornithology, containing life-size reproductions of the various species that have been discovered since the labors of those great men were finished… It was, therefore, with the desire to contribute, as might be in my power, towards the elucidation of the comparatively little know species of the Birds of North America, their habits and economy, as well as to render their forms familiar so far as life-size representations of them might serve to do, that I undertook the present publication.”
Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit
Two artists that Elliot regular worked with were the German artist Joseph Wolf and the Dutch artist Joseph Smit, both of whom had worked for the English ornithologist John Gould.
Elliot’s commissions are distinctive in color and size and often show detailed depictions of birds within their natural habitats.
Elliot died in New York of pneumonia, aged 80. However, his work is still immensely popular today and he is credited for reviving the art of lavish color-plate books on nature.
We know how special it is to own a piece from your favorite artist; a piece that will be a real talking point in your home.
That is why each edition is limited to just 50 prints. These are numbered from 1/50 to 50/50H and are signed and stamped with a blind embossing.
So when you choose prints from Heritage Prints, you know your artwork has been printed with great care and in limited numbers, making it a print only a select few will own
When investing in a complete set, our Solander box is the perfect place to store your collection.
The box is covered with library buckram cloth and is fitted with a card holder to the spine with attaché fasteners.
This elegant, high-quality box is designed especially for keeping your prints safe and in perfect condition – yet you can still easily look at them whenever you wish.
When you invest in our prints or collections, you will receive a certificate of authenticity.
This provides a lasting record of your artwork and gives you valuable certification if you ever wish to sell or bestow your collection in the future.
Elliot - Family of the Cats - View all prints below
Elliot – Cats – Cynailurus Jubatus$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felic Onca$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Badia$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Bengalensis$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Caffra$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Canadensis$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Caracal$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Catus$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Caudatus$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Cervaria$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Chaus$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Chrysothrix$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Colocolla$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Concolor$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Diardi$ 189.00
Elliot – Cats – Felis Domestica$ 189.00