A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

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A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

In 1964 the oil company Shell commissioned Eric Ennion to paint 36 studies of birds for the Shell Guide to the Bird Sanctuaries series of advertisements which appeared in magazines the following year. Each advert featured a main picture by a well-known artist, accompanied by three of Eric Ennion's square pictures which were reproduced little bigger than large postage stamps. S R Badmin painted Rostherne Mere and St James' Park; Richard Eurich, the Calf of Man and the Farne Islands; Rowland Hilder, Dungeness and Minsmere; Peter Scott, Slimbridge; Charles Tunnicliffe, Newborough Warren and Skokholm; R B Talbot Kelly, Abbotsbury Swannery; Donald Watson, Caerlaverock and Loch an Eilein. James Fisher supplied the texts. Shell also commissioned Eric Ennion to paint further pictures used as additional illustrations in The Shell Bird Book and for a series of Shell Nature Records.

In July 2002 that part of Shell's remarkable collection of twentieth century artwork which did not relate directly to motoring was sold at Sotheby's. The 83 pictures painted by Eric Ennion were subsequently exhibited at the Wildlife Art Gallery in Lavenham. A Life of Birds was published to provide a permanent record of this exceptional body of work, with the 83 pictures mostly reproduced close to their actual size. Eric Ennion's pictures are accompanied by extracts from his writings from the 1950's when he ran his own bird observatory at Monks' House at Seahouses in Northumberland, and the 1960's when he had 'retired' to Shalbourne in Wiltshire.

Edited by Bob Walthew

Introduction by Robert Gillmor

80 pages (280 x 210 mm), 83 colour illustrations.

ISBN 0-9526-2364-X

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A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion



A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion

A Life of Birds by Eric Ennion