Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876


Édouard Traviès de Villers was a French watercolourist, lithographer and illustrator. He regularly exhibited works at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866 and was primarily known for his paintings of natural history subjects, especially birds. He illustrated several books, including Types du règne animal: Buffon en estampes, published in 1864. His greatest work, however, was Les oiseaux les plus remarquables par leurs formes et leurs couleurs (The most remarkable birds for their form and colour). Simultaneously published in London and Paris in 1857, Les oiseaux contains 79 hand-coloured lithographic plates made from Traviès's original watercolours.