C1806

Variete du Magnifique. No. 10.

Artist:

Jacques Barraband (1767 - 1809)

A young male Magnificent bird-of-paradise shown without the two long tail feathers. The adult birds most distinguishing characteristic, the two long, wire-like tail feathers that the male uses in the courtship display. Males cannot display to find a mate until … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Variete du Magnifique. No. 10.

Date:

C1806

Artist:

Jacques Barraband (1767 - 1809)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Stipple engraving printed in colour and hand finished.

Image Size: 

310mm 
x 480mm
AUTHENTICITY
Variete du Magnifique. No. 10. - Antique Print from 1806

Genuine antique
dated:

1806

Description:

A young male Magnificent bird-of-paradise shown without the two long tail feathers. The adult birds most distinguishing characteristic, the two long, wire-like tail feathers that the male uses in the courtship display. Males cannot display to find a mate until these feathers grow, which happens between three and six years after hatching.

Modern common name Magificent bird-of-paradise

Modern binomial name Cicinnurus magnificus chrysopterus

Distribution

First described Elliot 1873

From François Levaillant, Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers, suivie de clees des toucans et des barbus.

Artist:

Jacques Barraband (1767-1809)

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

Lttle is known of his life. 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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