Prints of previously unpublished drawings by Gerald Durrell.
The black and white pen and ink drawings feature exquisite images of a range of animals, some very realistic, others more fanciful, all created by the fertile imagination of the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The drawings were discovered after Gerald’s death by his widow, Lee Durrell, in a loft at Les Augres Manor, headquarters of the Trust. They are believed to date from the 1950’s, prior to the establishment of the Jersey Zoo in 1959. As Lee says, “Gerry loved sketching, and he would illustrate his lectures about animals and the Trust with quick doodles using a marker pen. But these drawings are something else altogether – they were clearly planned in meticulous detail. What Gerry wanted to do with them, we’ll never know”
There are 17 drawings, and the Trust intends to publish two a year as limited edition prints. “The Bear” and “Flamingos” were chosen to launch the series, with 150 prints and 15 “artists proofs” of each available for purchase.