May 29, 2023

Audubon Revolutionized Art of Bird Painting

John James Audubon (1785-1851), the best bird illustrator of all time, revolutionized the art of bird painting by making the birds look alive with intelligence and personality.

Lear’s Flamingo Is the 5th

In the history of flamingo painting, following the first notable four, the next notable rendition is Edward Lear’s (1812-1888), who paints the captivating bird dramatically assuming the pose of a ballerina.

Stone Paints Flamingo – Sight Unseen

Sarah Stone was the fourth painter to capture a flamingo on paper. The first painter so inclined was John White, governor of Roanoke. But Alexander Wilson beat Stone — and even John James Audubon — to paint the third.

Catesby Adds Color, Locale to Bird Painting

The second painting of a flamingo in America was drawn by Mark Catesby, the first ornithologist to include a typical tree, flower, or plant that indicated the food or habitat of each bird and the first to publish his paintings in color.