Birds

The Art of Ornithology

Birds: The Art of Ornithology cover

Jonathan Elphick

Featuring exquisite works by some of the most famous natural history artists of all time, Birds: The Art of Ornithology tells the remarkable story of the development of bird art through the ages.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09332 7
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£20.00
Published:
August 2014
Size:
249 x 235 mm
Extent:
336 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

This stunning volume illustrates the advancement of bird art, from the early decorative images of birds, through more accurate portrayals resulting from exploration, to modern attempts at capturing the essence of these creatures. 

Birds contains an outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collections of the Natural History Museum, some of which have never been reproduced before, and includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists. 

The lively text interweaves fascinating ornithological information with accounts of the lives of the artists, details of the development of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their achievements.

Beautifully illustrated with original artworks from renowned artists including Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, and Bauer, this landmark book will fascinate anyone interested in birds, natural history and art.

Coming to the online shop in August 2014.

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"… Jonathan Elphick's meticulously researched and sumptuously illustrated book - there are over 200 colour plates - narrates how bird art has evolved … In a book that covers huge amounts of territory, Elphick also features the lesser known or neglected artists such as William MacGillivray and the Dutch painter John Keulemans. He also manages to blend analysis of their technique and style with tales from their often eventful lives…The benefit of Elphick's rounded approach is a work of scholarship that is also a pleasure to read. If you have space in your library for just one book on bird art, then I would heartily recommend this superb volume."

Mark Cocker - BBC Wildlife Magazine

"…for a truly special gift, I would recommend Jonathan Elphick's Birds: The Art of Ornithology…In this beautifully produced and sumptuously illustrated work, Elphick tells the story of how bird art developed from the earliest images scratched on the walls of prehistoric caves to the present day, with the main focus on that golden age of avian illustration and portraiture, the 19th century. If no one takes the hint, then you can always buy it for yourself."

Stephen Moss - Guardian

About the author

Jonathan Elphick is a natural history writer, editor and consultant who specialises in ornithology. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked on many books. 

These include writing award-winning titles such as The Birdwatcher’s Handbook for the BBC and the bestseller Birdsong

He also spent ten years as specialist researcher on Birds Britannica and Birds and People. He has had a passion for birds – and ornithological art – since childhood.

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