GRÖNVOLD, Henrik (1858-1940)
[Original watercolour of a pair of Birds of Paradise]
[London: circa 1920]. Watercolour and gouache, finished with gum arabic. Signed in the image. Captioned below the image "Male 1/3 nat. size." Sheet size: 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.
Fine original watercolour by a noted bird artist.
Trained as a military draftsman in Copenhagen, Grönvold first worked as an artist to the Danish Biological Research station. He arrived in London in 1892, where he was appointed to the London Natural History Museum, preparing and mounting bird skeletons. "He developed into a skilled artist and illustrated a large number of important ornithological works between 1895 and the 1930s. He produced pleasing, life-like illustrations that also satisfied the demands of scientists" (Jackson, Dictionary of Bird Artists). The pair of birds of paradise here depicted by Grönvold are male and female Astrapia stephaniae, native to New Guinea.