Born in 1767, Jacques Barraband was one of the finest ornithological artists of his time. He was the son of a weaver at the Aubusson Factory. He was a pupil of Joseph Malaine, the eminent flower painter and he is said to have worked for the Gobelin Factory and the porcelain factory of Sèvres.
Barraband collaborated with Louis Bouquet and François Langlois to create the engravings for “The Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets”. The plates were carefully inked ‘a la poupee’ with brilliant colors and pulled from the press and then nuances were then added by hand. Barraband’s illustrations were well received and he was selected to produce the bird illustrations for the monumental official account of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign.