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His earlier works were usually historical and literary, especially Shakespearian and often humorous. As his career progressed he became increasingly interested in painting birds, being particularly fond of parrots. These bird studies were particularly selected for praise by John Ruskin. Marks had three exhibitions in six years at the Fine Art Society in London, the first of which was Birds in Bond Street in 1889. He was a frequent visitor to London Zoo, “painting poultry” as a fellow RA put it. He was frequently approached by other curious visitors – he noted in his preface to the 1890 catalogue: “The most common remark I hear is, “Ah pretty creature! Don’t he seem to know he’s sitting for his picture?” and concluded “… I hope I may be excused, and not held too eccentric, in preferring to converse with a parrot for one hour, rather than with a politician for two”. The Victoria and Albert Museum holds three of Marks’ finished watercolour studies of birds.
The Rose-breasted Cockatoo, or Galah, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos in Australia.
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||10.00 cm||(3.94 inches)|