Robins & Chats – original plates from the new identification guide
Robins and Chats is the latest book in the Helm Identification series and will be the authoratative work on this diverse and attractive group of birds. It contains 62 full-colour plates covering the 175 species that make up the group. The family contains such groups as wheatears, stonechats, redstarts, scrub-robins, akalats, bush-robins and many more, including the true robins of course.
The first print run sold out within three months. The second print run is now on sale and all 62 of the original colour plates are available to buy from this website. Just click on a thumbnail to see each plate along with the species list for the plate. For details of exactly what plumage
each figure represents you will have to buy the book as there is too much information to put on this site!
The original plates measure 190mm x 290mm. Each is painted on fine quality Italian Fabriano 50% cotton watercolour paper on to which I have painted a coloured background. In the published book the plates have had the coloured background removed so the figures appear against a white background. How the plates will look in the book is illustrated using Plate 9 as an example; click on the final thumbnail at the foot of this page to see it.
The birds are painted in acrylics. Every plate is signed and is presented mounted in a 65mm wide, off-white, archival-quality mount with a protective, acetate wrapping.
The cover painting for the wrap-around dust-jacket is of a Bluethroat, a White-throated robin and a Northern Wheatear – please click on the ‘Cover’ thumbnail to see it and for a full description.
In order to keep these online images to a manageable size there has been some loss of the detail and sharpness of the original artwork. If you wish to see specific plates in greater detail, high resolution images can be e-mailed to you on request.
Author: Peter Clements, Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers (A & C Black)