Portrait Painter to the Birds

In this dazzling and colourful programme, Sir David Attenborough reveals two of his greatest passions, Birds of Paradise and the art of bird illustration. They are combined in the work of William Cooper, one of the greatest of all bird painters. At his home in tropical Queensland, Australia, the artist introduces Sir David to a local Bird of Paradise whose portrait he is to paint. The film illuminates the history and technique of bird illustration, as it follows the progress of the painting.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
1992
Duration: 
28 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66
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