These three paintings were acquired from the same vendor along with another painting of North American animals having the same dimensions, which we also now offer for sale. The four paintings probably were created for the same book or series of posters, and together, make an attractive set of animals from four continents.
As in Britain, France and Germany, the Netherlands embraced the progressive social and pedagogic ideals of the 18th century Enlightenment and began producing a great quantity of educational literature for both children and adults. The invention of low-cost color printing in the 19th century had an immediate impact on European and American children’s books, allowing them to enhance book illustration. These early-20th-century natural history illustrations represents a continuation of that tradition.
Condition: Two of the works on illustration board as issued, the other a paper sheet unmounted . All very good, the colors bright, with the usual overall light toning and wear. Some minor abrasions. Some minor scattered staining, foxing, bumps, pinholes in margins, can be matted out.