JONES, Henry (1838-1921) - OLNEY, Peter J.S. - SCOTT, Sir Peter. - SITWELL, Nigel. The Wildfowl Paintings of Henry Jones. London: Threshold/Harrap, 1987.
Oblong folio (13 4/8 x 17 4/8 inches). Frontispiece and 60 colour plates tipped-in. Publisher's original half blue morocco, blue cloth, gilt; preserved in original blue cloth clamshell case. AS NEW
Limited edition, one of an unspecified unnumbered copies of a total edition of 350, signed by Olney and Scott.
Jones was an accomplished but mostly unknown artist, who bequeathed his sketchbooks to the Zoological Society of London. After a career in the Army, mostly posted in India, Jones returned to Welling, near Woolwich in 1881 and seems to have become a habitue of the bird room at the British Museum (now of Natural History) in Kensington. "Of the many hundreds of birds which he painted, he could have seen only a limited number in the wild. Most of his likenesses were produced from skins in the Bird Room of the Natural History Museum, and it is all the more remarkable that they should have been so lifelike" (page 13).