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The idea of painting large-scale decorative canvases full of exotic birds in a formal garden setting was invented in Holland by Melchior de Hondecoeter (1636-95, see for example 405354). Bogdani was born in Hungary and moved to Amsterdam in 1684, where Me

Birds have long been a source of artistic inspiration.

Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-73)

The Lory 1837-38

RCIN 403049

This parrot was Queen Victoria’s pet, given to her in 1836 by her uncle Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. She called the parrot Lory, which is also the name of this species of small parrot. Lory features in another painting by Landseer, alongside three of the favourite Royal dogs. Lory was not Queen Victoria’s first pet parrot, nor would he be her last: she had previously owned a blue and green Brazilian parrot called Pedro and would go on to have several highly trained grey parrots, who entertained her by speaking French, making jokes and even toasting her good health.