Joseph Wolf was the first bird artist to understand and use the new freedom of style
that lithography allowed. Evoking his childhood love of the countryside and wild
creatures, he introduced natural settings and a feeling of motion into his paintings.
Early training in lithography and art, over his parents' objections, opened the door to
Wolf's development into one of the first and finest true bird artists. He breathed life
into the stiff "bird on a perch" portrayals so characteristic of bird art of the
Wolf liked especially to paint birds of prey and game birds, with their subtle browns
and grays. Some of his best work appeared in John Gould's Birds of Great Britain.