Ernst Friedrich Carl Lang (1748 – 1782).
Green wooodpecker on a pine branch.
Gouache on vellum.
Second half of the 18th century.
These beautiful studies are a rare example of the work of Ernst Friedrich Carl Lang. Lang was the son of Kilian Lang, miniature painter and harpist.
He moved to Nuremburg in 1755, and was a pupil of the famed natural history painter, Barbara Regina Dietzsch, who specialized in the depiction of flowers, birds and insects. The influence of her work can be seen in the delicacy of brushstrokes used by Lang, and in the sophistication of the composition.