What name could be a more apt description of Australia than ‘The Land of Parrots’, a name inspired by late sixteenth-century maps showing a southern region labelled ‘Psittacorum regio’? This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot—a Rainbow Lorikeet collected live on Cook’s 1770 voyage—to William T. Cooper’s twentieth-century watercolour of the elusive Night Parrot.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Olsen, Penny
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Publication Date: 01 October 2013
Publisher's Status: Active
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A plethora of pictures, paintings and prints of parrots, parakeets and other perky psittacines perched prettily, their pulchritudinous plumage proving popular perennially, and including cheeky cheerfully chattering cockatoos, cockatiels and corellas. The illustrations are from the collections of the National Library of Australia and all 56 species of Australian parrot are included. The use of such illustrations, taken from the past 200 years of European discovery, provides a historical context and allows the reader to consider whether our perceptions of parrots have changed over time. And if some of the earlier artworks lack anatomical accuracy, they certainly reflect the charm of their subjects.
Of the many treasures held in Australia's galleries and museums, surely the least known is the collection of natural history prints at the National Library in Canberra.Olsen has trawled the archives to produce this gorgeous collection of prints and paintings of Australian parrots from the past 240 years. From a blue-bellied parrot captured on Cook's voyage of 1770 to the now-extinct Norfolk Island kaka, Flocks of Colour delights on every page. This is not a spotter's guide but a visual journey.
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