Le Toco I by Jacques Barraband


Le Toco I


Jacques Barraband

Ref GM034
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 17" x 23" (43 x 58 cm)
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Barraband’s famous portrait of a toucan comes from Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers, suive de celle des Toucans et des Barbus [Natural History of the Birds of Paradise and of the Rollers, followed by that of the Toucans and the Barbets]. Portrayed perched on a branch, this depiction is typical of Barraband’s general style. At the time of publication, Barraband was already a successful name and had even received commissions from Napoleon himself. However, undoubtedly his most important work was the series of around 300 drawings for the three renowned ornithological monographs by the scientist François Levaillant, which also included the Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets (parrots) and the Histoire Naturelle des Promerops (toucans). All three were published around the turn of the nineteenth century and proved to be a landmark in ornithological publication because, in part at least, of quality and the sumptuous nature of the colour plates which were included. At the turn of the 19th Century, Levaillant was one of the new breed of scientists who began to travel the world to explore the natural habitats of the animals and birds which they studied. Increasingly these scientists worked in partnership with artists who were able to portray their discoveries, and Barraband’s enormous technical ability added considerably to the importance, and accessibility, of Levaillant’s scientific work.