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Title: Le Sacre Hagard [Haggard-falcon]
Published in: Leiden, 1844-1853
Size: 27.0 x 20.7 inches.
68.5 x 52.7 cm.

In original colours.
Condition: Lithography. In excellent condition. Wide margins.
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A beautiful elephant folio sized coloured lithograph of a a Hagard Falcon, taken from the famous book on Falconry Traite de Fauconnerie by Schlegel and A.H. Verster van Wulverhorst. This very beautiful plate is by Joseph Wolf.

The plates from this book "are by far the finest ever produced in any book on falconry. It is impossible to describe the mellowness and beauty of the colourings" (Schwerdt).
Wolf is described by Jackson as an "artist who ranks among the world's finest animal painters". "Wolf's success lay in his sketching from life after painstaking study of the anatomy of the animals, and his care to get the structure correct and then paint fur and feather with extraordinary fidelity. But all the marvelous technique and deep knowledge was subservient to his ability to capture a moment in the life of his subject and preserve it in paint.

Archibald Thorburn said of Wolf's pictures, 'There is an indescribable feeling of life and movement attained by no other wildlife artist'" (Jackson). Sir Edwin Landseer went further, describing Wolf as "without exception, the best all-round animal painter that ever lived."
Reference: Cottrell 24 Fine Bird Books (1990) p. 138 Christine Jackson Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World, p.496 Schwerdt II:150.

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SCHLEGEL, ARNZ, A & COMP - Le Sacre Hagard [Haggard-falcon]

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