Carton MOORE-PARK (Stewarton (Ayrshire) 1877 - New York 1956)

A Stork (Twenty-Six Birds): Design for a Book Illustration

Pen and black ink and black wash, with white gouache, over a pencil underdrawing, on board.
A small piece of paper correction, for the feet of the stork, pasted onto the centre of the sheet.
Titled TWENTY-SIX BIRDS in black ink at the bottom.
Inscribed and dated Final design and The Book of Birds, 1899 in pencil at the top left and top right.
Further inscribed with dimensions and printer’s notes in pencil and blue chalk in the left and right margins.
189 x 290 mm. (7 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.) [image]
306 x 395 mm. (12 x 15 1/2 in.) [sheet]


The present sheet is a preparatory drawing for a full-page illustration which appears at the end of A Book of Birds, published in 1900 by Blackie & Son of London, Glasgow and Dublin, for whom Carton Moore-Park worked extensively. As Charles Hiatt noted of the book, ‘Mr. Moore Park followed his Alphabet of Animalswith the no less delightful Book of Birds. In the latter volume the old qualities were still there, but the touch was surer, the decoration of finer and more subtle quality. The second book was distinctly an advance on the first.’

This drawing is sold with a copy of Carton Moore-Park’s The Book of Birds.

Carton Moore-Park, The Book of Birds, London, 1900, reproduced on the last page.


A Stork (Twenty-Six Birds): Design for a Book Illustration


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