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Jacques Barraband and Francois Levaillant : “Red Bird of Paradise” (1806)

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This chromolithograph is one of the highlights of François Levaillant’s Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celles des toucans et des barbus (1801-1806), or “Natural history of birds of paradise and rollers, followed by those of toucans and tumblers.” Levaillant was the son of the French consul in Dutch Guiana, where he took an interest in local fauna, collecting birds and insects. In the nominal capacity of a gunner’s mate for the Dutch East India Company, he traveled to the Cape of Good Hope in 1780, where, over the course of three expeditions, he amassed a collection of over 2,000 specimens of birds, insects, mammals and plants. The illustrations for Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis were by Jacques Barraband, the greatest ornithological artist of his generation, from mounted specimens prepared by Levaillant.

Levaillant was a major influence upon the style and art of John James Audubon, and is credited as the father of African ornithology.

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