is almost certainly the most recent painting of the "Grail Bird" painted from an actual ivorybill body and feathers.
World-renowned wildlife artist Blake Twigden had access to the British Museum's incredible repository of bird remains at Tring in England. This was in 1990 as part of the "Fifty Rarest Birds of the World" project carried out in conjunction with the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP), based in Cambridge, England.
The "Fifty Rarest Birds of the World" project culminated in the publication of a splendid, large-format, collectible, limited edition book of the same name. It honours each of the fifty rarest birds of the world with a reproduction of Blake Twigden's artistic rendition (in oils, on wood, in the graphic realism style) and an insightful and concise commentary on the plight of the species by ICBP's Dr Mark Cocker.
It is interesting to note that, by including the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the "Fifty Rarest Birds of the World", the project leaders were 15 years ago denying the ivorybill deserved the "extinct" status so readily given by others.
Find out more about "The Fifty Rarest Birds of the World"
The latest on the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker
The book's commentary on the plight of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.