Emperor Bird of Paradise Watercolour 14" x 13" signed (unframed but can be framed at reasonable cost)
Commissioned for a limited edition of plates, James Alder travelled to Papua New Guinea to study and paint the Birds of Paradise in their natural habitat. With introductory letters to the Governing Officials by Sir Peter Scott and Sir James Steel, he was allowed to travel and study birds resulting in these beautiful watercolour paintings. While there he was invited to try his hand with the bow and arrow of a tribesman. Not knowing James was very adept when younger, he hit the target first time and was instantly elected to the honorary position of tribal chief.
In addition there are some field sketches/notes and a series of smaller paintings intended for exotic limited editions of life size Royal Worcester porcelain models.
Provenance: Sold on behalf of the Alder family from their collection.