The Paper Zoo: Five Hundred Years of Animals in Art
'There are plenty of masterpieces here, from gorgeous illustrations of sea anemones and delightful black and white monkeys to ‘borderline animals’ (half-imaginary, half real) like a many-legged stick insect and a "Domesticated Female Orang Outang" wearing a jaunty striped kerchief' - Wall Street Journal
In this beautiful book, historian of science Charlotte Sleigh draws on the British Library archives to present a collection of nature illustrations from manuscripts, prints, drawings, and rare printed books from across the world.
The Paper Zoo traces the varied and vital role of natural history illustration in science and art since the fifteenth century. Sumptuous images from giants of the genre - such as the birds of John J. Audubon, or the insects of Maria Sybilla Merian - accompany less familiar but equally intriguing illustrations from manuscripts, journals, and rare printed books.
Charlotte Sleigh shows how the styles and purposes of natural history illustration evolved, from animal alphabets to the extraordinary productions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century naturalists and explorers recording and classifying the living world. She pays tribute to the achievements of little-known, unsung painters and colourists, alongside famous artists, in this mighty endeavour of collecting, defining and exhibiting animal life on the page.
One of The Spectator's Art Books of the Year 2016.
- Author: Charlotte Sleigh
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Date published: September 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0712357432
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.0 cm