a color plate of a pheasant from 1963


Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to help the looks in Avicultural Journal of the occasional color plate. A well known chicken artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines may be discovered on-line, the plates hardly ever see the sunshine of day. Due to this fact I made a decision to indicate one, every so often, on this website. That is the second within the collection.

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Cabot’s Tragopan (Tragopan caboti) is from the mountains of south-eastern China. It was named in 1857 by John Gould for Samuel Cabot (1815-1885) of Boston, USA, who was a really rich ornithologist in addition to a doctor and surgeon. Cabot had leant Gould his specimen. Within the wild, their habitat has change into extraordinarily fragmented and the chicken is classed as ‘Weak’ by IUCN, just one step from ‘Endangered’.

The artist was John Cyril Harrison (1898-1985). For many of his life he lived in Norfolk. He skilled on the Slade after the First World Warfare and have become well-known for his wildlife work, particularly birds. He was an everyday customer to Scotland, elements of Africa and Iceland. 

The brief article accompanying this plate was written by Philip Wayre (1921-2014) who in 1959 had based the Decorative Pheasant Belief. He additionally had a small zoo at Nice Witchingham, the Norfolk Wildlife Park. He was concerned with quite a few charities involved with wildlife together with the Otter Belief and what’s now the Philip Wayre Upland Belief. Given Philip Wayre’s actions in Norfolk I believe it’s no coincidence that the artist was Harrison. Wayre described the breeding of birds he had imported from China in 1960 in his try to keep up a captive breeding inhabitants in Britain. Inbreeding was—and apparently nonetheless is—a significant downside with captive populations from a small variety of founders.

Avicultural Journal 69, 1963


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