“What made Cooper extraordinary was his ability to combine scientific accuracy with great beauty.”

Newcastle raised and one of Australia’s most beloved artists, William T Cooper has been described as the “world’s greatest living wildlife illustrator”.

Thousands of the acclaimed birdman’s works are on display now at the State Library of NSW’s Amaze Gallery as a gift from William’s wife Wendy Cooper.

There’s also an exhibition coming up from October 28 to February 4 2017 in Queensland at Artspace in Mackay.

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Image Dominic Lorrimer Sydney Morning Herald