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Excellent, in large gilt gesso frame, float mounted and sealed under glass. Sheet size: 21" x 14". Jacques Barraband (1767-1809) From Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets Paris: 1801-5. Barraband’s engravings of birds are masterpieces of French ornithological illustration. These portraits were done for the ornithologist Francois Levaillant, who commissioned the artist to illustrate his landmark works on African ornithology, including the Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets. The collaboration of Levaillant and Barraband represented a departure from previous ornithological texts in its emphasis on beauty and luxury, with sumptuously colored and flawlessly rendered birds. The project was a massive undertaking, which required over 300 finished watercolors. Barraband’s engravings display a scientific accuracy that few ornithological artists have matched since.
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25.5 x 18.5 in.
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