Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.

Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley. Penny Olsen.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.

Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2013. Quarto, dustwrapper, lavishly illustrated throughout with colour and black and white illustrations.

WAS $50. The first and only proper biography of both Cayleys. This skillfully researched and handsomely produced book charts the lives and works of this Australian father-and-son pair of bird artists. Neville Henry, peripatetic, often impecunious and with a reputation for hard drinking, was nevertheless a highly talented artist. His son Neville William, ‘buoyant’ in personality, sometimes outspoken and argumentative, was a pioneer of the surf lifesaving movement before turning his attention to the painting of birds. With a superbly written Foreword by Andrew Isles who has handled more Neville Cayley paintings than any other person.

Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer. Based at the Australian National University in Canberra, she is the author of numerous publications including Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007), A Brush with Birds: Bird Art in the National Library of Australia (2008) and Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia’s Curious Animals (2010).

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