Gallery: the fulsome bird

The dodo was a beast that was present in spirit rather than body in Europe, while it existed. A very few made it to collections or menageries- one was even taken by the Dutch to India as a diplomatic gift and painted by the court artist Ustad Mansur. However, very few whole dodos were ever seen.

The rich collection of images of dodos were the result primarily of imagination and a healthy dose of imaginative plagiarism. There is one set of sketches we know for sure were done from birds in Mauritius, from the Dutch ship The Gelderland that stopped at Mauritius en route to the Indies, but most other images are up for debate as to whether their artists ever saw a real bird, never mind a live one. 



dodo rose

© Natalie Lawrence: The Manticore 2018

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