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Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer
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David Mabberley
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Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer

David Mabberley


New South Books

History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800;
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900;
Painting & paintings;
Individual artists, art monographs;
Mathematics & Sciences


272 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ferdinand Bauer was a supreme botanical artist, best known for accompanying Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia. His work was technically accomplished, but also possessed a sensitivity that elevated his illustrations to art, rather than mere scientific recording. Bauer had an unparalleled memory for colour, and used codes for the various shades in conjunction with his preliminary drawings, which he could later complete in life-identical colour.
This absorbing and superbly produced book is plentifully illustrated, with fascinating insights into
the man and his achievements. Lindy Jones
Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. Hand-picked by Joseph Banks, in 1801-1805 Bauer accompanied Matthew  Flinders during his circumnavigation of Australia, and lived in New South Wales and Norfolk Island.

Already celebrated in Europe for the precision and beauty of his paintings, it was during this commission that Bauer perfected the technique of sketching and colour-coding in the field, and then colouring later - painting by numbers.

This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world's foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer's innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.

By:   David Mabberley
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 240mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235226
ISBN 10:   1742235220
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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