Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops), Gray variant?

Object Number: 
1889.10.3.49
Date: 
c. 1554-1564
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 3/8 x 9 1/16 in. (28.9 x 23 cm), irregular
Marks: 
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
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper right: 45 At lower center: Scops. / Hic pictura delineavit Alexader Mydii ro petit de colore magnitudee / et auribus. [?]ta oui ait Scops minor est Noctua, ut colore philous[?] / apparet Graecis [Greek, see unicode field] ut albicatia purta habet et ab utrasq'. repondus duas sinas subriget. Aristotes in memint…?[washed out]
Description: 
Avian Study
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Provenance: 
The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, England; John Cassin, Philadelphia, 1869; M.Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1872; Nathaniel H. Bishop, Toms River, New Jersey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group