Josef Wolf (German, 1820-1899) Satin Bowerbirds 15.5 x 23 cm. (6 x 9 in.)

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Lot 3
Josef Wolf
(German, 1820-1899)
Satin Bowerbirds 15.5 x 23 cm. (6 x 9 in.)

Sold for £ 960 (US$ 1,193) inc. premium
Josef Wolf (German, 1820-1899)
Satin Bowerbirds
signed 'J. Wolf' l.r.
watercolour heightened with white
15.5 x 23 cm. (6 x 9 in.)

Footnotes

  • The birds in this illustration are Satin Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), which are found only in eastern Australia. The black bird in the back is the adult male, the green bird in front is either a female or young male and the mottled bird is a young male acquiring adult plumage. They are pictured at the bower, from which these birds receive their name.

    Born in Prussia, Josef Wolf moved to London in 1848. He was already a respected natural history artist, and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1849 and 1877. He also contributed illustrations for G.R. Gray’s The Genera of Birds, and John Gould's The Birds of Asia and The Birds of Great Britain.

    We are grateful to Dr Walter Boles of the Australian Museum for his assistance in the preparation of this catalogue.
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