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The Parrots: Edward Lear The Complete Plates

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The Parrots: Edward Lear The Complete Plates
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42 hand-coloured lithographs in this superb Boxed multi-lingual edition English, French, German).

Edward Lear is best known for his nonsense verse, but in his early years he excelled as an illustrator of birds and reptiles. This set of 42 hand-colored lithographs, originally entitled Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, was the finest achievement of his relatively brief career as a natural history draftsman, before failing eyesight led him to concentrate on his writing.

During Lear's time, live parrots were rare and much sought-after, bought and sold for large sums by wealthy amateurs of natural history, and prized by 19th century European aristocracy for their astonishing plumage and mimickry of the human voice. Fine drawings of them were also highly prized and here is one of the first collections entirely dedicated to the species, including African, Australian, and American parrots bred by eminent ornithologists such as Sir William Jardine and Prideaux John Selby.

Unlike other avian illustrators who often worked with stuffed birds, the young and prodigiously talented Lear (1812–1888) made his drawings from live parrots, capturing their expressions and movements in remarkably lifelike illustrations. The new medium of hand-colored lithography facilitated the vivid elegance of Lear's work.

This exquisite collection was originally reproduced in only 175 precious sets and sold by subscription to Britain's most eminent scholars and wealthy collectors of living parrots. The Psittacidae established Lear as a celebrated illustrator, and professor of drawing to the young Queen Victoria.

With a brief zoological introduction and written descriptions of each bird. Loose Leaf Collection with 42 Fine Art Prints, Booklet, complete in Box.

Author: Edward Lear, Prof. Francesco Solinas, Sophia Willmann, Graham Arader
Artist: Edward Lear
Publisher: Taschen, 2009
Number of pages: 116
Format: Hard Cover; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 13" x 19" (328mm x 490mm)
ISBN: 9783822852743

Two glorious Parrot prints!

Book Palace Books | Recommended Books |  The Parrots: Edward Lear The Complete Plates

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