Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2001. Quarto. 270 full colour illustrations. Publisher's cloth with inlaid colour image, slipcase, limited to 375 numbered copies.
Collector's edition. Stunningly illustrated, this book contains over 270 images representing nearly 100 artists. Feather and Brush traces the 300-year history of bird art in Australia, from the crudely illustrated records of the earliest European voyages of discovery to the diversity of artwork available today. All illustrations have been carefully selected for their merit, be it ornithological, historical or artistic. It is a history in which naval draftsmen, convicts, officers, settlers, naturalists, artists and scientists alike contributed both to the art and to the science of ornithology. Includes illustrations from the greats of yesterday - including Ferdinand Bauer, Edward Lear, George Raper, John Lewin, the Goulds and the mysterious Port Jackson Painter. Also includes illustrations from 37 of the finest wildlife artists working in Australia today, many with an intimate knowledge of the birds in the field. In recent decades, increasing interest in the environment has led to a revitalisation of wildlife art. A wealth of contemporary Australian artists have turned their attention to birds and never before has wildlife illustration been so varied and accessible.
Price: $400.00 AU