Toucan play that game

One time Guinness brand character, hero of children’s book Two Can Toucan, and real-life flamboyant from the Ramphastidae bird family, the toucan is many things to many people.

classic toucans
classic toucans

To nineteenth century ornithological artist John Gould it was a captivating specimen and with some forty species in need of cataloguing, a beguiling challenge.

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Publisher Taschen is re-publishing Gould’s study of these rainbow-beaked creatures of the neotropics, as a collection of 51 prints, Family of Toucans – which was originally published as a monograph. 

mellow yellow

Gould, who’s work is referenced in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, was along with his peer James Audubon one of the most prolific ornithological artists of his generation. 

The Family of Toucans by Jonathan Elphick is published by Taschen on 21 September as a loose leaf collection of prints priced £69.99

the book
the book

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