Over 140 years ago, two men created what remains New Zealand’s most famous book on native birds.
A History of the Birds of New Zealand combined the passion and knowledge of ornithologist Walter Buller with the talents of artist J G Keulemans. The first edition, of 1872–73, attracted subscriptions from luminaries like Charles Darwin, and a second edition was published in 1888. A less expensive 1882 alternative, the Manual of the Birds of New Zealand, included wood engravings by artist and botanist John Buchanan.
The exhibition showcases illustrations from the rare first edition, as well as drawings and engravings relating to the later publications.
Tour schedule and availability
Buller’s Birds: The art of Keulemans and Buchanan is available as a touring exhibition now.
Planning to visit? Check the venue website for confirmed dates.
Mark Kent, Touring Exhibition Manager
Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7259