Growing up I was surrounded by wonderful vintage bird prints. My father is a well known published ornithologist and he loved to decorate the home with bird art.
His first book “A Colour Guide To Hong Kong Birds” (Clive Viney) was published in 1977. All the bird illustrations in the book where hand-painted and many of the originals hung on our walls.
My father’s book followed the tradition of the first ornithological books where the bird illustrations are original paintings. Like those of the early great ornithological artists such as John James Audobon and John Gould.
Audobon’s most famous illustrated bird book was entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839). The book is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.
The English ornithologist John Gould along with his wife Elizabeth produced fabulous books on the Birds of Europe. He has also been considered to be the father of Ornothologia in Australia.
His identification of the birds now nicknamed “Darwin’s finches” played a role in the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould’s work is referenced in Charles Darwin‘s book, On the Origin of Species.
Here I have curated the various collections of vintage bird prints on Pictureboxblue. Some of the vintage bird prints are grouped into species of birds such as Toucans and Flamingoes. Others by artists such as Edward Lear and George Shaw.
If you are looking for a way to display some of these beautiful vintage bird prints then you might want to check out this upcycled gallery wall idea.
This is a dynamic list that will grow as the collection on the site grows so don’t forget to pin this page and return to see the new additions.
One of the things that make birds so beautiful and interesting is their feathers. There are some wonderful illustrations of feathers free to download here.