Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Female
Watercolor, gouache, and black ink, with traces of white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 8 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (21 x 32.1 cm), irregular
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Inside cover of Album 1 contains a printed catalogue description reading: "Drawings of European Birds, a Collection of upwards of 200 Drawings, most beautifully executed colours, of European Birds, taken from Nature, and most faithfully copied with a view to be published; but from the death of the artists M. la Grese, and M. Petit, they never were engraved. Most of them are accompanied with their names, in 4 large vols. oblong folios, formerly in the Duke of Devonshire's Collection"
Inscribed at upper center: 11 / /15/
At right: Fringilla foemina. Pinson femelle. / vel Fringilla foemina campestris. / Pinson champestre, femelle. / Livida, subviridis, campestris Spiza, colore / Foemella aspicior, candida, fusca, nigra. / De Fringilla / mare & foemina / Livida coeruleum, subrubrum Spiza colorem / Non habet & fulvum, foemina, mas sed habet / De iisdem / Livida coerulei, subrubri Spiza coloris, / Et fulvi est expers foemina, mas alius / De iisdem, idem. / Foemina coerulei, subrubri Spiza coloris / Et fulvi est expers, livens; quæ cuncta tenet mas / L'autheur. / B. Textor.
At lower center: Le peintre. / Isaac la Grese. / L'escrivain. / Thomas Huilier.
The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, England; John Cassin, Philadelphia, 1869; M.Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1872; Nathaniel H. Bishop, Toms River, New Jersey
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