THE ILLUSTRATED AVIARY │ Millennium Gallery, Sheffield → 14 June 2015

John James Audubon, Blue Crane or Heron, Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
John James Audubon, Blue Crane or Heron, Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield

Ɖ Iḷstretd Êvı̣ri z joys flît, têcñ in mezṃrîzñli sutl, bold n bytifl ptreylz v brdz bî ātists hu hd sạntific clât in ɖ 17ʈ n 18ʈ senčriz. Perd wɖ ɖ nyli intṛdyst Lineyn sistm v taxoṇmi (fr nemñ n grūpñ spīšīz) n ny printprôsesz, ɖz ātists wr ebl t dlivr jst ẇt ɖ public lustd aftr: krı̣s, mjstc n fîn-qoḷty iḷstrešnz v načṛl spīšīz ɖ wrld ovr.

Jrniyñ ɖ glôb t sceč brdz fṛm lîf, n gaɖrñ p spesimnz t scin n pac tîtli intu cabiṇts fr lêtr studiz, ɖ ātists wr ebl t wâ n edycet ɖ public. Ɖ Iḷstretd Êvı̣ri z a majcl af̣mešn v ẇt cn b ačīvd ʈru ɖ îz n handz v ātists, btrñ âr undrstandñ v ɖ ivolvñ wrld n v âr čenjñ rlešnšp t it.

Ełn-lîc or uncomn brdz wr ʈrust intu ɖ lîmlît jrñ ɖz glwri yirz fr ōniʈoḷji. Têc ɖ prīhistoric flevr v ɖ crimzn-hwnd feznt, ɖ šoc v vivid blu on ɖ rênbo piṭbrd, n imajin ɖ prīvı̣sli ignṛnt public’s riaẋn.Ʈri senčriz ahd, y mt asym âr fasinešnz t hv dṛmatcli ivolvd, yt Ɖ Iḷstretd Êvı̣ri z flutrñ, fntastcl pruf t ɖ contrri.

Mīt ɖ A-listrz v ōniʈlojcl iḷstrešn, includñ ɖ hevīweit Jon Jêmz Ōḍbon, femd fr hiz ambišn t dokment ol v America’z brdz, alñ wɖ ɖ čāmñ ātist n powt Edwd Lir, n ɖ ntwrı̣s Jon Gūld, hu asistd Dāwin in hiz Oṛjin v ɖ Spīšīz n, wɖ hiz wîf Iliẓbʈ publišt ɖ magnifisnt Brdz v Yṛp n Brdz v Ostreła. Ɖer iḷstrešnz bloñ t ɖ Êtn Clẋn in Šefīld, a tôtl v 7000 wrcs rerli sīn ãmas.

Ɖ šo čampı̣nz ɖ cês fr conṣvešn, az ɖ fṛjiḷti v ɖz spīšīz z mr akt ɖn evr. W’v lost ɖ Ostrełn tacāhe, ɖ grt ōc n, vri nirli, ɖ red cît. Senčriz v obsṭclz hv fêst ɖz brdz, fṛm a fašn fr plūmij on lêdiz’ hats t dīforistešn. Ɖ Iḷstretd Êvı̣ri’z ātists wr cnsrnd wɖ inspîrñ conṣvešn bt, îronicli, ɖe rlîd upn mni ʈâzndz v brdz biyñ cōt n scind in ōdr t iḷstret ɖm. Fînd ɖ stif, sori soul v a sitron-ʈrôtd tūcn lêd in a cabiṇt bsd Jon Gūld’z plump n mjstc picčr t gên a sens v ɖ ātist’s prôses, stêjñ a riinjẋn v lîf on pêpr.

Dubl-elephant (i.e. vri lj) pêjz v Ōḍbon’z unfgtbl Brdz v America – ɖ most xpnsv bc v ol tîm – fil ɖ bac wōl v ɖ gaḷri. Hiz friġtpelicn, blu crên, or heṛn, n trumpitrswon r î-wōtrñli dṛmatc mastrpìsz. A ls obvı̣s hāt-stìlr z ɖ ltl āctc spešlist, snôbuntñ, in Ōḍbon’z jentl, gre-tônd tribyt. H fremz ɖ delic̣si v ɖ brd in a baṛn, strenjli suɖñ landscep: a nīt n luvli ôd t a ptit, hādi crīčr. Edwd Lir’z šo-stopñ mcw z az intns n vivešs az ɖ brd in qesčn, ẇl ɖ glwrı̣sli sinicl îz v hiz īġlâl ivoc ɖ sens v a fwmidbl obzrvr evr redi t strîc.

Ɖ Iḷstretd Êvı̣ri z, qt simpli, wundrfl. F onli ɖ spês wr lj inuf t acoṃdet evri last rêdı̣nt plūmij n tnêšs taḷn v ɖ c̣lẋn.”

Illustration by Edward Lear (1812–88), first published in his book Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots in 1832
Illustration by Edward Lear (1812–88), first published in his book Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots in 1832

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