183588 A sword-billed hummingbird in Ecuadorian cloud forest
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182600 Wild Mustangs in the U.S.
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Sir David Attenborough's epic series is a continuation of the extremely popular 2006 Planet Earth. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and the first to be filmed in high definition.

182606 A red fox in Yellowstone National Park
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182607 The treacherous home of the Nubian Ibex
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179681 Flamingos in the salt lakes of the Andes
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10 years on, a six-part sequel has been commissioned, with the first episode, which was aired on 6th November, 2016, pulled in around 9.2 million viewers on its premiere night.

Long before Attenborough's Arctic and Amazonian adventures, artist Robert Hainard was championing the plight of nature as an important part of the human world. Swiss artist Robert Hainard devoted his life to the defence, preservation and illustration of wildlife. As a child, he made wooden models out of the nature that surrounded him: fish, domestic animals and forestry before discovering a passion for capturing wild beasts.

Robert Hainard, Alpine Ibex, bronze sculpture Robert Hainard, Alpine Ibex, bronze sculpture

From here on he devoted his life to portraying majestic animals such as wolves, buffalos, bears, lynxes in their most hidden dens, crossing forests, marshes, valleys, and the mountains of Scandinavia, Spain, Romania, Poland or its native Switzerland in his quest to do so.

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In 1927, fascinated by Japanese wood carvings, mastered a new method of engraving on wood which was first exhibited in 1929 at the Geneva Salon. Today, sculptures by Hainard can be seen across Switzerland's landscape.

As well as Switzerland, Hainard's works have been exhibited in Britain, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Poland. From 1986 to 2006, numerous exhibitions were held in France by the Editions Hesse, the last one of which was at the Jardins des Oiseaux de Coutieres (Deux-Sèvres) in September to October 2006. It was one of the largest ever to date of Hainard's work and marked the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Hainard's oeuvre of over 70 years is made up of thirty five thousand drawings, thousands of paintings, nearly a thousand engravings and hundreds of sculptures.

Hainard was also a writer and philosopher, having published some twenty books during his lifetime. He analysed the relations between Western civilization and nature, decades ahead of his time, he was pioneer forthe growing awareness of nature and the importance of our eco-system.

Robert Hainard's bronze sculpture Alpine Ibex will be featured in Lots Road Auctions' sale on 20th November, 2016. Check out the full catalogue here.

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