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Parrots and Cockatoos.

Stock Code 111508

London, Fischer Fine Art, [1978].

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A fine series of 20 etchings with aquatint by one of the greatest living parrot artists, Elizabeth Butterworth (b.1949). Number 10 of 10 bound copies from a limited edition of 60 signed and dated by the artist, with descriptive notes on each species and a further letterpress booklet with text by Rosemary Low.

The plates depict: Kea, Duivenbode's Lory, Palm Cockatoo, Funeral Cockatoo, Banksian Cockatoo, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Great Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo, Moluccan Cockatoo, Leadbeater's Cockatoo, Slender-billed Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo, Hyacinthine Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Bronze-winged Parrot, Double Yellow-headed Amazon, Hawk-headed Parrot, Grey Parrot, Pesquet's Parrot, and the Eclectus Parrot.

'Elizabeth Butterworth is not the first British artist to succeed in capturing on paper the brilliant plumage of Macaws, but with Edward Lear she must be considered one of the best. Certainly she is without rival this century. Her success stems partly from intense powers of observation and party from an encyclopaedic knowledge of her subject. She has bred Macaws, looked after them, fed them and listened to their noisy antics from the first call of the morning to the last shriek at night. She has sketched them in the privacy of her back garden and in their natural state in the rain forests of South America. She has examined the skins of dead birds in natural history museums in London and New York and she could tell you the number of feathers in a tail and the size of a beak to the nearest millimetre' (Ian Dunlop).

Edition A, number 10 of 10 bound copies from a limited edition of 60 signed and dated by the illustrator; elephant folio (54 x 40.5 cm); 20 etchings with aquatint, each numbered '10/60', signed and dated by Butterworth in pencil, loose letterpress booklet, bookplates to front pastedown and free endpaper; original black cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, black morocco title-piece to spine, housed black cloth slipcase, fine.


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Parrots and Cockatoos.

BUTTERWORTH, Elizabeth (illustrator); LOW, Rosemary.

Stock code: 111508



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