BROWN, Peter (fl. 1776)
[Parrot with cherries]
[London: 1776]. Hand-coloured engraving. Sheet size: 11 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches.
Rare Peter Brown engraving of a parrot
Brown's New Illustrations..., modelled on the earlier work by George Edwards, is based in the main on drawings and specimens from the natural history collections of Marmaduke Tunstall and Thomas Pennant, but also contains 20 plates based on drawings by Ceylonese artist Pieter Cornelis de Bevere from the collection of Dutch naturalist and ex-VOC administrator in Ceylon and Batavia: John Gideon Loten. Writing in his Literary Life, Pennant not only supported his protégé by providing him with specimens, but also wrote much of the text. Brown exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1770 and 1791, and was, in addition, an accomplished flower painter.
Anker 72; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.82; Nissen IVB 151; Wood p. 264; Zimmer p. 101.