5 July 2005
Aloys Zötl (1803-1897)
An ostrich, in profile, in a desert landscape
signed, dated and inscribed 'Vögel. Tab. A. Zötl pinx am 2 October 1844. Der Strauss Struthio camelus. Das Vaterland der Strausse ist Africka und der an dasselbe granzende Theil von Asien. Ist der grösste Vogel der Erde, zehn auch sieben Fuss hoch. Synonime: Camelvogel, elephantenvogel.' [The home of the ostrich is Africa, and also of part of Asia. It is the biggest bird on Earth, ten to seven feet high]
pen and brown and grey ink, watercolour, bodycolour
14 x 10 7/8 in. (356 x 261 mm.)
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Another drawing of an ostrich by Zötl, dated 1878, was sold in these Rooms, 28 November 2001, lot 63.
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