While his watercolors of birds abound, it is much rarer to today to find large scale oil paintings. Although maintaining a close attention to detail and scientific accuracy, he imbues these birds with real energy and liveliness. This is most evident in such areas as the delicate feathers in the crest of the pigeon. He treats the background much more loosely, sketching in the rocks and foliage in diluted pigments.
The pair is accompanied by a preparatory drawing of the guinea fowl (fig. 1), executed in pen and ink and watercolor, which allows us to see first hand the care he took in preparing his compositions.
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