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Feather and Brush A History of Australian Bird Art

Art / Photobook New Edition
By: Penny Olsen(Author)
338 pages, 400+ colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: CSIRO
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  • Feather and Brush ISBN: 9781486314171 Edition: 2 Hardback May 2022 Temporarily out of stock: order now to get this when available
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About this book

Feather and Brush traces the history of bird art in Australia – from the simple engravings illustrating accounts of the earliest European voyages of discovery to the diversity of artwork available today. It explores the early European approach, in which naval draughtsmen, officers, convicts, settlers, naturalists, artists and scientists alike contributed both to the art and the science of ornithology, through to a wealth of contemporary artists who feature birds in their works.

This book contains more than 400 images, representing the work of 158 artists; some well-known, others published for the first time. The illustrations have been selected for their interest, whether ornithological, historical or artistic. They range from classical to quirky, decorative to functional, monumental to intimate. Together they demonstrate the rich history of Australian bird art, as it evolved in Europe and Australia, and continues today, along with the trends and technologies of the times.

This second edition includes new and revised chapters and features about 200 new artworks, including some by Indigenous artists.


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1. Introduction
2. New land, new birds: seamen and draughtsmen, 1600–1777
3. The escape of natural history study: convicts and officers, 1788–1800
4. Stirrings of an Australian sensibility: settlers and surveyors, 1800–1840
5. Through distant eyes: natural history artists in Europe, 1770–1840
6. A synergy of art and science: John and Elizabeth Gould and the Australia-based artist-cataloguers, 1840–1900
7. Family affairs: natural history artists in Europe, 1840–1940
8. Art and science estranged: inertia and an Australian field guide, 1900–1960
9. Art and science regroup: bird-lovers and conservationists in Australia, 1960–2000
10. Illustration for field identification: field guides and handbooks, 1920–2020
11. Art in the Anthropocene: Australian artists, 2000–2020
12. The contemporary artists

Alphabetical list of artists represented

Customer Reviews


Penny Olsen is an award-winning research scientist and author. She has written more than 30 books on Australia's natural history and its practitioners. Feather and Brush developed from her belief that Australia has a fascinating ornithological history, which is incomplete without full recognition of the contributions of artists and illustrators.

Art / Photobook New Edition
By: Penny Olsen(Author)
338 pages, 400+ colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: CSIRO
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