Cayley & Son charts the lives and works of Australian bird artists Neville Henry Cayley (1854–1903) and his son Neville William (1886–1950). Peripatetic, often impecunious, and with a reputation for hard drinking, Neville Henry was a nevertheless a highly talented artist, whose dreams of publishing a ‘big bird book’ — a comprehensive publication on Australian birds — never came to fruition. His son Neville William was also a keen artist. ‘Buoyant’ in personality, sometimes outspoken and argumentative, he was a pioneer of the surf lifesaving movement before turning his attention to the painting of birds. Taking a more scientific approach than his father, he was to complete the classic field guide known to bird enthusiasts throughout Australia: What Bird Is That?.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Olsen, Penny
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 01 March 2013
Publisher's Status: Active
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The National Library in Canberra has a stellar reputation for producing quality books that celebrate its vast collection. In this latest addition, natural-history expert Dr Penny Olsen recognises the contribution of this admired father-and-son team to the world of ornithology. The most-respected bird illustrators of their respective generations, Neville Henry, who died in 1903, and son Neville William encouraged curiosity and national pride in Australia's bird life. With more than 100 colour plates this book is a beautiful gift for nature lovers.
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