Edouard TRAVIÈS

(Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876)

A Papuan or Green-Winged King Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus) and a Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Watercolour, pen and brown ink and wash, with framing lines in pencil. 
Signed and dated Edouard Travies pt. 1834. in the lower margin.
170 x 100 cm. (6 3/4 x 4 in.)
One of fourteen sheets which were once part of the truly exceptional collection of French ornithological watercolours of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries assembled in the 1920s and 1930s by the French industrialist and bibliophile Marcel Jeanson (1885-1942). 
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.

Provenance

Marcel Jeanson, Paris
Thence by descent until 1988
Jeanson sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 16 June 1988
Richard J. Schwartz, Upper Nyack, New York and Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Thence by descent until 2017.
 

Edouard TRAVIÈS

A Papuan or Green-Winged King Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus) and a Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)