Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chinese Bird Album

Bird Album j

Bird Album j (detail)

Bird Album d

Bird Album f

Bird Album g

Bird Album g (detail)

Bird Album

Bird Album a

Bird Album a (detail)

Bird Album

Bird Album b

Bird Album c

Bird Album c (detail)

Bird Album e

Bird Album h

Bird Album h (detail)

Bird Album i

Bird Album i (detail)

[click through to full-sized versions; all images are spliced together
from screencaps; some background blemishes have been removed]

This exquisite gouache album of bird paintings from China was sketched in the 19th century and is available online at the Royal Digital Library of Belgium.

The album may have been produced to cater to a strong European market for Oriental artworks, although no definitive information about these sketches has been retained. It is a stable-mate of another (stylistically similar) anonymous watercolour sketch album owned by the Belgian Library, featured here on BibliOdyssey a few months ago: The Butterfly Album.

Previously: fauna.


Lango Aurelian said...

Audubon with MSG.

nickyskye said...

Yes, exquisite. thank you, as ever, for your incredibly beautiful collections.

Anonymous said...

These are just beautiful! How inspiring :D

helicopter6 said...

Just stunning.

Unknown said...

Very nice collection, thanks!

Riyueren said...

Marvellous paintings.Colors like dreams...

The Gob said...

As someone constantly searching for reference (and reference with information), what can I say but thanks for your great site, thanks for SHARING. The academic world should take note: you're a role model, old bean.

Jake Kesinger said...

The bird book link goes to the butterfly book.

peacay said...

Thanks all.

Ha! Thanks Jake, I'm surprised noone said so before, but the link is now updated.

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