AMUCHASTEGUI, Axel (1921-2002)
Some Birds and Mammals of North America ... text by Les Line
[London]: Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, 1971. Folio. (20 7/8 x 14 inches). Title printed in brown and black, half title. 16 coloured lithographic plates by the Curwen Press after Amuchastegui.
Original morocco-backed cloth by Zaehnsdorf, the flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt edges, cloth slipcase.
An excellent copy of this limited edition featuring the work of one of the greatest wildlife artists of the 20th century, here highlighting his paintings of the birds and mammals of North America.
Limited edition of 505 copies, this number 109 of 500 copies signed by the publisher, and including images of eight birds (a wild turkey, wood duck, bald eagle, ivory-billed woodpecker, blue jay, mountain quail, boat-tailed grackle and cardinal), and eight mammals (a bighorn sheep, raccoon, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, pronghorn, kaibab squirrel, marten and a lynx). Axel Amuchastegui was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1921. He was self-taught and developed his own technique using Chinese inks and brushes. His work appeared in a number of publications including Pajaros del Mundo (Birds of the World, 1959), Studies of Birds and Mammals of South America (1967) and Vida Amorosa de los Pajaros (Love Life of the Birds, 1974) by Carlos Selva Andrade. He gained a worldwide reputation, aided by a number of beautifully produced large-format works published by the Tryon Gallery of London (the present work published in 1971, Some Birds and Mammals of South America , Some Birds and Mammals of Africa ) which were issued to coincide with a series of highly succesful exhibitions held in London, New York, Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Santiago.
Cf. G. Bridson & J. White Plant, Animal & Anatomical Illustration in Art & Science F51.