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KIWIS - PAINTINGS BY RAYMOND HARRIS CHING

In GREAT Condition - Large Book

Hard-cover, with dust jacket

Publisher: SeTo Publishing, 1990
189 pages

Describes in detail the way of life, habitats and visual characteristics of kiwis as well as offering a history of the bird's discovery, its importance to the Maori and its place as a symbol and object of great affection in the hearts of New Zealanders.

A monograph of the Family Apterygidae with 24 colour plates and 15 black and white drawings by Ray Harris-Ching, plus historical paintings, photographs and maps.

This is a definitive work on a family of birds at one so familiar and yet little known. Only on the islands of New Zealand are these ancient and curious birds found, and this book brings together much that has been learned since their earliest sightings to the present time.

The authors are eminently suited to this task, and the series of paintings and drawings by Ray Harris-Ching reveal kiwis in original and unexpected ways.

The book is founded on an enormous amount of research and field trips, and describes in detail the way of habitats and visual characteristics of kiwis as well as offering a history of the bird’s discovery , its importance to the Maori and its place as a symbol and object pf great affection in the hearts of New Zealanders.

Altogether, some 75 colour and black and white illustrations add immeasurably to this instructive and beautiful book.

Considered by many to be one of the best wildlife painters of the twentieth century, Raymond Harris Ching’s career as an artist started with his first exhibition ‘Thirty Birds’ in Auckland in 1966.

Raymond Ching’s curiously un-English sounding name is Cornish in origin, and it is from there that his family sailed for New Zealand in 1840, settling in Nelson. It was there, on the family farm, that Ray Ching was introduced to the birds and other creatures that have remained central to his art.

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