Friday, June 11, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: The botanical art of WILLIAM T COOPER


For the lovers of nature

The botanical art of WILLIAM T COOPER

This beautiful hardcover book by eminent bird artist William T Cooper is a real treasure.  I admire greatly artists who can create such beautiful images and this book doesn’t disappoint. It is a lovely book for reference but also as a beautiful coffee table book to read at your leisure. It has five chapters which include:

·         Rainforest trees and shrubs

·         Vines, ferns and epiphytes.

·         Dry Country,

·         Swamps, mangroves and Beach Forest

·         Beyond Australia


William T. Cooper was one of the world's most esteemed bird painters. In his paintings, birds nibble at plump red berries, rest on branches covered with lichen, and clutch forest fruits and leaves in their claws. These botanical details, the backdrops to his bird portraits, celebrate the flora of Australia, and are the subject of a new lavishly illustrated book written by his botanist wife, Wendy Cooper.

“Bill always wanted to tell a story in his paintings, with the botanical components as part of that story” I think he succeeded in doing that.

In The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper, Cooper’s sketches, studies and paintings of plants, as well as many of the finished illustrations in which they appear, provide a unique insight into his artistic process.

Wendy Cooper’s notes, in particular those about where a specimen was collected or what attracted Bill to the particular branch or fruit or flower—complement her husband’s art, with their partnership continuing on the page. She also includes

detailed botanical descriptions of each plant and personal notes about where a particular specimen was found.

A beautiful full colour hardback to dip into and treasure, The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper celebrates William’s work and showcases the spectacular flora of Australia and beyond in all its messy, imperfect glory.

Additional Information

• An insight into the botanical art included in many of Cooper's famous bird paintings

• Includes sketches, studies and paintings from the National Library and Wendy     Cooper’s private collection

• A fabulous gift for lovers of birds, nature or art

About the Author

Wendy Cooper was Bill Cooper's partner in life and work. She is a respected botanist who has discovered, and named, a number of new plant species, and has also had species named in her honour. She is the co-author, with Bill Cooper, of Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest and Australian Rainforest Fruits:A Field Guide. Contributor Rupert Russell is a naturalist, writer and friend to the Coopers.


Released 1st May

ISBN 9780642279712

NLA Publishing 324 pp

Category: History/Botanics

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