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Francois Nicolas Martinet – 18th Century Bird Illustrator

1731 - 1790 (?)

Francois Nicolas Martinet was one of the most famous bird illustrators of all time.  He created illustrations of birds for books by some of the most influential publications of 18th-century France including 21 ornithological illustrations done for Diderot et d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie, the great compendium of enlightenment knowledge, l’Ornithologie de Mathurin Jacques Brisson (1760) and Buffon’s l’Histoire naturelle des oiseaux.