Author(s): Jonathan Elphick
This beautiful book tells the story of the development of bird art through the ages. It ranges from the early decorative - but often fanciful - images of birds, through more accurate portrayals resulting from exploration and an increasing knowledge of the world's avifauna, to modern attempts at capturing these, the freest of all creatures. Birds contains an outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection of the Natural History Museum in London, some of which have never been reproduced before, and includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural-history artists. The lively text interweaves fascinating ornithological information with accounts of the lives of the artists, details of the development of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their achievements.
Jonathan Elphick studied zoology at university, and has since worked for thirty-five years as a writer, editor, consultant, lecturer and broadcaster specialising in ornithology. The many books and magazine articles on birds which he has written or contributed to include a highly acclaimed field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland, now in its second edition as The Birdwatchers' Handbook. It won Bird Watching magazine's 1997 award for the best field guide to the birds of this region. Jonathan, who has travelled extensively to study bird life, was recently elevated to Scientific Fellowship of the Zoological Society of London in recognition of his servies to the popularisation of zoology.