BARRABAND, Jacques (1767/8-1809)
La Perruche á collier noir [Blossom-headed Parakeet (Psittacula roseata)]
[Pl. 45] Paris: 1801-05. Colour-printed stipple engraving, finished by hand, engraved by Bouquet, printed by Langlois. Sheet size: 19 3/4 x 12 3/8 inches.
This print is apparently a proof: all the lettering is present but only the title and plate number have been very lightly inked, whilst the imprint, artists, etc. are present only in blind. The image is from Levaillant's Perroquets published on large format paper (probably 'papier vélin colombier satiné'). Levaillant noted that he saw two individuals of this species in the menagerie of a Mr. Amshof of Amsterdam.
Jacques Barraband was the finest ornithological artist of his time. The son of a weaver at the Aubusson Factory, he is first mentioned as a pupil of Joseph Malaine (1745-1809), the eminent flower painter, and is known to have worked for both the Gobelin Factory and the porcelain factory of Sèvres. His most important work was undoubtedly the 300 or so drawings that he produced for François Levaillant's three great ornithological monographs, the greatest of which was the Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets (1801-1805).