Between 1817 and 1842, he went on a succession of expeditions in the US, Colombia, and the Pacific islands, as artist and naturalist. Yet he was even buried in an unmarked grave. Does modesty pay?
He continued to add to his unique collection of paintings of birds after The Birds of America was published, and painted animals too.
Born in Haiti, raised in France, emigrated to the US when he was 18, he assembled a unique collection of paintings of birds from his many field trips.
Once Britain’s foremost natural history artist, when he realised his eyesight was failing he turned to painting landscapes on his travels.
Come travel through Europe and beyond in the magnificent watercolours painted by the author of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’.