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A 17th century drawing of an ostrich

Origin Italy
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials Pen and ink with sepia wash
Condition Good.
Creation Date c. 1670
Description A late 17th century Florentine drawing of an ostrich, the ostrich in profile to the left accurately detailed with muscular legs and finely rendered plumage.


There is a comparable, albeit earlier, drawing by Giulio Romano in the British Museum, dated from the mid 16th century. (Pp,2.91)

Ostriches were frequently held in European menageries in the early modern period. In addition to this, the European fashion for ostrich feathers to trim hats and other accoutrements was almost solely responsible for the extirpation of the birds from northern Africa. Egypt (and especially Egyptian Jewish merchants, for whom the trade seems to have been something of a traditional sinecure) supplied much of this market, harvesting feathers and live specimens from the Sudan, Yemen and Ethiopia and exporting them to Europe from Alexandria.
Styles / Movements Old Master
Incollect Reference Number 305459
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