Flamingo Fine Art Print

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A high quality fine art print on Hahnemühle German Etching art paper of an American Flamingo, painted by wildlife painter Peter Paillou (c.1720-1790) in the 18th Century.

The Taylor White Collection's 18th Century Watercolour Painting of The Flamingo

Our Flamingo fine art print comes from the original collection of Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772). In the mid-18th Century, White commissioned the celebrated wildlife painter, Peter Paillou (c.1720 - c.1790) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The watercolour painting of the Flamingo was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Paillou.

The original watercolour of the Flamingo is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Flamingo's plumage and features in stunning clarity. This depth of colour and detail has been captured brilliantly through the digitalisation process and is replicated for you on this delightful fine art print, which is now available for your home or office décor, or to buy as a thoughtful gift for your friends and family.

Taylor White, a barrister by profession and landowner on the Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire border, was a keen naturalist and collector. He commissioned over 900 paintings of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from the finest painters of his day. He was a governor and the founding Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London, as well as being a Fellow of The Royal Society. He was extremely well-connected in Society, which enabled him to create such a world-class collections of specimen and thus paintings. White's father in-law was Major-General John Armstrong, who as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Chief Royal Engineer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces, has his offices in The Tower of London. Consequently, Taylor White had access to the birds and beasts of The Royal Menagerie at the Tower. He also was able to borrow specimen from The British Museum. Some rarer and more exotic specimens were brought back from their great travels across the globe by his Royal Society friends, the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, Bt. and the famous clockmaker, John Harrison.

Superb Fine Art Print on Museum-Quality Paper

We've meticulously replicated the original Flamingo watercolour painting on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching art paper. This top-quality fine art paper is acid and lignin-free, ensuring the best possible longevity and colour reproduction. The Flamingo's vibrant colours and intricate details come to life in this high-quality fine art print.

* Please note that the images of the Flamingo Fine Art Print on our website are for illustrative purposes only. The actual print uses high-resolution images to ensure a crisp, clear, and visually stunning final print.

The American Flamingo

Flamingos (Scientific name: Phoenicopterus ruber), are one of the most stunning wading birds found across the globe, including the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Among various species of Flamingos, the American Flamingo is recognized by its reddish-pinkish hue. Interestingly, these striking colours come from the beta carotene they consume through their diet of plankton.

Apart from their bright plumage, Flamingos are famous for their unique physical characteristics. Their long necks, thin legs, and unusual behaviour of standing on one leg with the other tucked up underneath their body, make them a fascinating species to observe. However, scientists are yet to uncover the reason behind this quirky habit.

Flamingos are highly sociable birds and prefer living in large groups or colonies. You'll often spot them flocking together, making for a spectacular sight. In this 18th Century watercolour painting, the Flamingo is depicted as a charming fellow who is a joy to behold. With their striking appearance and intriguing habits, it's no surprise that Flamingos are a favourite subject of artists and nature enthusiasts alike. So, if you're looking to add a pop of colour to your life, look no further than these gorgeous creatures!

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Flamingo Fine Art Print will take 2-3 working days. It will then be despatched to you via the Royal Mail RM24 Tracked postal service in a round poster tube for safety. The 20cm x 25cm version of the Flamingo Fine Art Print will be packaged in a board-backed envelope.
Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.