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Natural History Art, Birds, Channel-billed Toucan, Harry Y. Bright, Antique Watercolor, 1867

Harry Y. Bright (act. 1867-1897)
[Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Vitellinus)]
British: 1867
Watercolor and gouache
Signed lower right: H.Y. Bright. 1867
16.75 x 12.75 inches, overall
20.5 x 16.75 inches, frame
Provenance: Spink, London (with their label); Estate of Sir Edwin A.G. Manton
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Detailed and colorful natural history watercolor painting of a Channel-billed Toucan, a widespread species in the northern and central portion of South America, including all of Amazonia. The colorful bird is easily identifiable by its orange breast, red chest, blue eye and black bill with yellow ring. The artist shows it perched on a branch on a tree with plains receding into the distance.

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Harry Y. Bright was a British artist known for his ornithological and natural history paintings, especially of small songbirds. He produced watercolors, oils and illustrations, including the books Birds and Blossom (1879) and The ABC of Pretty Birdies (1896). His father, Henry Bright (1810-1873), was also a painter.

This painting was previously in the collection of Sir Edwin A.G. Manton, an insurance company executive and patron of the arts. At his death, AIG referred to him as one of the company’s “founding fathers” who had taken a leading role in building the company over many decades. A major benefactor of the Tate Gallery, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 for his philanthropy.

Condition: Generally very good with only minor toning and wear. Minor small indentation in lower center near paper edge, unobtrusive. Frame very good with the usual wear.

References:

“Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus).” The Internet Bird Collection. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/channel-billed-toucan-ramphastos-vitellinus/tucano-de-bico-preto (3 December 2012).

“Sale 7965/ Lot 57, Lot Notes.” Christie’s. 2012. http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=912695 (3 December 2012).

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Century

19th C. Birds