Freistadt 1803 - 1887 Eferding
A SOUTH ISLAND KOKAKO AND A FEMALE MALABAR TROGON ON A BRANCH OF AN ORANGE TREE
Watercolour over pencil;
signed with the artist's initials and dated in brown ink, lower right: A.Z. fecit. am 30. Jänner 1870. and inscribed in brown ink, lower centre: Vögel und Botanik. Taf.
445 by 555 mm
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Hinge mounted along the upper edge to a modern card backing. There is some slight toning to the centre of the sheet and a small crease to the left of the bird's beak on the left. Otherwise in good condition throughout, with the combination of media fresh and vibrant. Sold in a modern giltwood frame.
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Unidentified collector's mark, verso (not in Lugt)
Very little is known about Aloys Zötl’s life. He was born in Freistadt in Upper Austria and followed in his father’s professional footsteps, becoming a master dyer. When Zötl married he moved to the village of Eferding, approximately forty kilometres from Freistadt and he is thought never to have travelled far from home, far less abroad. As the majority of his watercolours feature exotic animals and sea creatures, it is assumed he was inspired by the large collection of published works of zoology, natural history, ethnography and travel that he owned in his extensive library.