On my recent trip up north to Russell, we made a stop along the way at Waipu, where they were having an antiques show. They had all sorts of fascinating things- old books, fountain pens, sewing machines, vintage postcards… but what caught my eye were these vintage Air New Zealand menus, because of the beautiful bird illustrations on the covers. I bought a couple for a few dollars each, and have framed them (in some repurposed frames from the op shop). It turns out the illustrations were done by NZ artist Bruce Harvey (one of the best known NZ artists of birds), between the years 1976-79.
and framed up:
Here are some more images from his book- A portfolio of New Zealand Birds (1970):
Yellow-crowned Parakeet from ‘A Portfolio of New Zealand birds’ by Norman Bruce Harvey, 1970.
This is the first in the series of posts about NZ Natural History Artists- a new blog series where I thought I would highlight some of the most influential wildlife and botanical artists in NZ throughout history, both those that are well known and some that are not. I hope to also highlight new or up and coming natural history artists so if you know of any, please let me know! The beautiful kakariki image used in the header is by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836-1917), created in 1884. It can be found on the Alexander Turnbull Library as a digitised file (Reference Number A-256-027)