[A seagull in flight.]
[British, n.d., c.1940.]
Pen & ink on scraperboard; original book illustration, according to pencil note to verso of frame for 'Wild animals at home' by Harper Cory (1940). Unsigned. Visible area 100 x 80mm. 4 x 3¼". Unexamined out of frame.
W. Neave Parker (1910 - 1961) worked as a surveyor for a short while before going on to serve in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, working in the Photographic Unit. After making the acquaintance of Maurice Burton, a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum and also honorary science editor at the Illustrated London News, he began to produce animal illustrations. The first of his drawings of prehistoric animals appeared in the Illustrated London News on 30 September 1950. He became an accomplished scientific illustrator and the National History Museum commissioned him to do a series of picture postcards; the museum retains the 19 original drawings for this series. Parker also illustrated numerous children's books. His drawings are held in the Ulster Museum and he was the subject of an exhibition there entitled, ' The Prehistoric World of Neave Parker' in 1993.
[Ref: 25281] £50.00