A Group of Four Toucans.
Jacques Barraband was the finest ornithological artist of his time. The son of a weaver at the Aubusson Factory, he is first mentioned as a pupil of Joseph Malaine (1745-1809), the eminent flower painter, and is known to have worked for both the Gobelin Factory and the porcelain factory of Sèvres. His most important work was undoubtedly the 300 or so drawings that he produced for François Levaillant's three great ornithological monographs, including the present one.
4 stipple engravings, printed in colours and finished by hand. Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 62cm by 43.5cm by 5cm.
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