# 43195

COOPER, Wendy

The botanical art of William T. Cooper (from the library of Criss Canning)

$65.00 AUD

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Canberra, ACT : NLA Publishing, 2021. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. vi, 317, illustrated. A fine copy, signed on the title page by Australian artist Criss Canning.

‘William T. Cooper was one of the world’s most esteemed bird painters. In his paintings, birds nibble at plump red berries, they rest on twisted vines and branches covered with lichen, and they clutch forest fruits and leaves in their claws. These botanical details, the backdrops to his bird portraits, are the subject of this lavishly illustrated book written by his botanist wife, Wendy Cooper. For the bird lover, Bill’s lush, full-colour paintings, many from private collections, are reproduced here, alongside Wendy’s notes and Bill’s diary entries about bird feeding habits. Wendy describes seeing King Parrots in the wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest at their home in Bungwahl, New South Wales, feeding on the juicy black berries of the Narrow-leaved Palm Lily (Cordyline stricta). The parrots were extracting the seeds and dropping the flesh.’ – the publisher

Provenance:

Criss Canning, acquired in 2023