Peter Brown was a British natural history artist of Danish descent who spent his career in London, where he was known for his flower and zoological paintings. Brown intended this collection as a supplement to George Edward’s A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-51), and the images were rendered in a similar style to those of Edwards. Brown based most of the studies on birds in the collections of the British Museum and Royal Society and in private collections belonging to Marmaduke Tunstall, Thomas Pennant, and three men he identifies as Messrs. Lee, Yeats and Moon. Brown also produced several of the plates after drawings that were made of live animals in Java and Ceylon under the supervision of Joan Gideon Loten, the former Dutch governor of Ceylon. Thomas Pennant gave Brown access to those drawings, and wrote most of the text for Brown’s work. Brown was a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists and served as botanical painter to the Prince of Wales. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1770 to 1791.
Full publication information from title page: “London: Printed for B. White, at Horace’s Head, Fleet-Street, M.DCC.LXXVI.”
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and edge wear.
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