C1806

Le Grand Oiseau de paradis Emeraude

Artist:

Jacques Barraband (1767 - 1809)

Superb engraving of an adult Magnificent bird-of-Paradise. The most distinguishing characteristic, the two long, wire-like tail feathers that the male uses in the courtship display grow between three and six years after hatching. Males cannot display to find a mate … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Le Grand Oiseau de paradis Emeraude

Date:

C1806

Artist:

Jacques Barraband (1767 - 1809)

Condition:

In good condition, with wide margins, unfaded strong original colour.

Technique:

Stipple engraving printed in colour and hand finished.

Image Size: 

320mm 
x 470mm
AUTHENTICITY
Le Grand Oiseau de paradis Emeraude - Antique Print from 1806

Genuine antique
dated:

1806

Description:

Superb engraving of an adult Magnificent bird-of-Paradise. The most distinguishing characteristic, the two long, wire-like tail feathers that the male uses in the courtship display grow between three and six years after hatching. Males cannot display to find a mate until these feathers grow.

Modern common name Magificent bird-of-paradise

Modern binomial name Cicinnurus magnificus

Distribution Found on the island of New Guinea as well as the nearby islands groups of the Aru Islands, D’Entrecasteaux Islands and West Papua Islands.

First described Pennant 1781

From Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers

Biography:

Jacques Barraband (1767-1809)

Jacques Barraband was a reknown ornithological artist and considered the greatest of his time.

Little is known of his life other than that he was born in C1767, the son of a weaver who worked at the Aubusson Factory. He is first mentioned as a pupil of Joseph Malaine 1745-1809, (the eminent flowers painter under King Louis XVI), and is known to have worked for the Gobelin Factory and later for the famous porcelain Factory at Sèvres. He executed decorative cycles after designs by Percier and Fontaine, most notably for the dining room commissioned by Emperor Napoleon for the Château de Saint-Cloud. His greatest works were the more than 300 drawings in watercolour and gouache that he executed to illustrate François Levaillant’s monumental works of Natural History, the Histoire naturelle des Perroquets, the Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis and the Histoire Naturelle des Promérops where he achieved a level of scientific accuracy that has rarely been surpassed.

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