Birds | A portfolio of ornithological drawings, [circa 1790]
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Birds -- A portfolio of ornithological drawings, [circa 1790]
(241 x 191mm.), 47 gouache and watercolour illustrations on vellum, heightened with gum arabic, mounted on blue card, loose in red morocco portfolio lettered "Oiseaux", slight spotting, mounts bowed, wear to portfolio
A suberb collection ornithological studies on vellum, probably French in origin, unsigned, but by an artist of considerable talent. The birds are wonderfully lifelike, depicted in landscapes complete with plants, insects and animals, with minutely rendered feathers.
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