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Natural History Art, Birds, Peacock, Charles Liedl, Antique Watercolor


Charles Liedl (fl. 1920s to 1960s)
Indian Peacock
Watercolor on Whatman illustration board
Signed lower right
Titled in pencil lower left and verso
15 x 9.5 inches, image
19.5 x 14.75 inches, overall

Watercolor painting of a peacock perched on a low branch draped with moss, with a waterfall in the distance. The bird’s tail falls in a graceful curve to the ground. The artist has captured the iridescence of the plumage on the bird’s breast, and the feathery texture of the tail.

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Charles Liedl was a renowned and prolific illustrator of hunting, fishing, and wildlife scenes. He was born in Hungary at the turn of the 20th century and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He published illustrations in hunting magazines, and became a soldier during World War I. Captured by the Russians, he was shipped to Siberia, transferred to American and then Japanese custody. After escaping around 1919, he found work in Japan painting pictures of orchids for a rich patron. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1920s, and began his career as an illustrator. In the 1930s and 1940s, he exhibited his works at various galleries and museums, including The American Museum of Natural History, Education Hall and the Heads & Horns Museum Gallery, New York Zoological Park. In 1948, Steuben Glass produced a series of glass game bird figurines after Liedl’s designs. An avid outdoorsman as well as an artist, he wrote and illustrated two instruction books on animal art: How to Draw Animals (Greenberg, 1953) and Hunting with Rifle and Pencil (Fredericton, New Brunswick: Brunswick Press, 1955). He also did the illustrations for a children’s animal book, Noel and Jimmy-Why by George Frederick Clark (Brunswick Press, 1959). Liedl oversaw the painting of the landscape backgrounds for the wildlife dioramas at the Seattle Museum of History and Industry in 1963.

Condition: Generally good with the usual overall wear. Colors slightly toned and faded, but still quite rich and vibrant. Board slightly warped, will flatten when framed. Abrasions and glue residue in margins, where mat was formerly attached, and minor associated mat burn, all will be matted out when framed.

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20th C. Birds