Best known as an illustrator of field guides and handbooks, Ian Willis’s paintings have been used in the Handbook of the Birds of the Western Palearctic – a massive 9 volume series, as well as the four volumes of the Birds of Africa. His illustrations always concentrate on accuracy for identification purposes. Archibald Thorburn (1860 – 1935) is one of Britain’s best watercolour artists and illustrators. He particularly known for his pictures of British birds and mammals placed in beautiful harmonious landscapes. His style of painting represented a step change in wildlife art around the turn of the century and the lifelike renderings of his subjects brought him early fame and fortune. He produced a prolific number of original watercolours and prints, but contributed to scores of natural history books for authors, ornithologists and explorers of the day, also finding time to write and illustrate six of his own. During his career he produced a large number of prints (the majority in partnership with publisher Baird Carter/Embleton) over 200 are catalogued in Waters, D. (2008) “Archibald Thorburn: Artist and Illustrator – The Prints and Proofs.
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