a color plate from 1969

Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to assist the looks in Avicultural Journal of the occasional color plate. A widely known chicken artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines could be discovered on-line, the plates not often see the sunshine of day. Due to this fact I made a decision to indicate one, from time to time, on this web site. That is the sixteenth within the sequence.

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The artist for this plate was Chloe Elizabeth Talbot Kelly (born 1927) who went on as an instance various discipline guides. Her work of birds seem in artwork gross sales. She started portray in 1945 on the Pure Historical past Museum in London.

The article accompanying this plate was written by Colin James Oliver Harrison (1926-2003) who labored for a few years on the Pure Historical past Museum’s chicken assortment at Tring.

The Bronze-winged or Bronze Mannikin (Spermestes cucullata) happens in grassland throughout a big swathe of Africa. Giant flocks feed primarily on grass seeds but additionally take small invertebrates throughout breeding within the moist season. 

Avicultural Journal Vol 74, 1968

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