Drawn from Paradise: The Natural History, Art and Discovery of the Birds of Paradise with Rare Archival Art

Drawn from Paradise: The Natural History, Art and Discovery of the Birds of Paradise with Rare Archival Art

Errol Fuller

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0062234684

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Originally perceived and idolized by the natives of New Guinea and discovered by Europeans in the sixteenth century, birds of paradise have long enchanted observers with their extraordinary beauty. In Drawn from Paradise, world renowned BBC broadcaster David Attenborough and artist and author Errol Fuller share their passion for these breathtaking creatures, offering bird lovers and nature aficionados an enthralling collection of interesting facts and stunningly beautiful, very rare hand-painted images of some of the most exotic winged creatures in the world.

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Trade. The scheme failed, partly from his own impetuous nature, but mostly because he was too late. As far as the western world was concerned, the trade in plumes was fast drawing to its close. Throughout the nineteenth century it had assumed an importance that is difficult to appreciate today, but more austere fashions were now ruling the day, and glamorous ladies no longer wished to decorate their bodies and clothes with such items. Male Superb Birds of Paradise with a female. Hand-coloured.

Looking eagerly for such things. And so did collectors interested in the birds from a scientific point of view. Maria Christina de Bourbon, of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain (1806–78), with a hat made from the feathered skin of a Lesser Bird of Paradise. Vincent Lopez Portana, c.1830. Oils on canvas, 96 cm x 75 cm (39 in x 30 in). Museo del Prado, Madrid. The plume birds, naturally, were much sought after, both by European traders and by New Guinea tribesmen. These native peoples were.

Of the spectacle in London’s Annals and Magazine of Natural History. But one major discovery was still to come and it was, once again, Wallace who made it. In October 1858, he left his base in Ternate, a small island in the Moluccas, and set off to investigate Batchian (now spelt Bacan), another island in the archipelago 160 km (100 miles) to the south. He had no certain idea of what he might find there, but he can hardly have hoped to see any birds of paradise since New Guinea, the family’s.

Him, until, with plumes a-swirling, he hops with increasing speed up the vertical vine and the pair copulate. The first illustration of the male Ribbon-tail Bird of Paradise, with and without its long tail feathers. Lilian Medland. Watercolour reproduced in The Australian Zoologist (1939). Whereabouts and size of original unknown. The discovery of this almost unbelievable bird came at the very end of the nineteenth century, and it might have seemed, as the twentieth century dawned, that the.

Another long-running series devoted to hummingbirds. And in 1875 he began work on The Birds of New Guinea and engaged as one of the primary artists, an Irishmen, William Hart, (1830–1908) who had already worked on several of his previous volumes. Lesser Birds of Paradise, male and female. Hand coloured lithograph by Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit from D. G. Elliot’s Monograph of the Paradiseidae (1873). Lesser Birds of Paradise, males. William Hart, c. 1875. Oils on canvas, 34 cm x 24 cm.

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