Nicolas Robert was perhaps the greatest French natural history artist of the 17th century, producing considerable numbers of superb watercolors on vellum, depicting flowers, plants, birds and other animals, primarily executed for Gaston d'Orléans, brother of King Louis XIII. Today, his works can be found in various private and public collections, but the largest number is at the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. This collection contains over 6,000 watercolours by the artist, including all the known drawings of birds other than those formerly in the Jeanson Collection. For more information on the artist and his patronage, see the introduction to the Nicolas Robert section of the 1988 sale catalogue (pp.72-75; see Provenance).
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