Two lithographs of a Barn Owl and a Kestrel, both with contemporary hand colouring, originally published in ‘Les Oiseau Les Plus Remarquables…..’, slight mount staining and spotting, each approx. 420 x 320mm, mounted, published simultaneously in Paris & London, c.1857.
These richly colored prints are by Edouard Traviès (1809-1865), one of the best known French natural history artists of the first half of the 1800s. Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, exhibiting regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866. Working primarily in watercolors, Traviès was among the earliest artists to place his subjects in a natural setting. The original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted.