Barraband, Jacques (1767-1809)
Jacques Barraband was a French zoological and botanical illustrator renowned for his lifelike renderings of tropical birds. These incredible parrot prints come from first edition, large paper copy of the very famous work by Francois Levaillant entitled Histoire naturelle des Perroquets. Published in Paris between 1801 and 1805, this work is now known as one of the finest bird-books of all time. Perroquets gained its fame primarily through its highly talented artist, Jacques Barraband. Barraband drew the original drawings for the work which contain such fine detail and marvelous beauty that it is difficult to tell that the print is not the real bird itself. The parrot’s eyes seem to stare at you while the feathers seem real to the touch. Another amazing aspect of the plates is that they are primarily printed in color – a remarkable feat for the early 1800s. After the printing process was complete, each plate was carefully highlighted by hand.
Prints from this publication are Very Rare and feature original hand coloring.