Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops), Gray variant?

Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops), Gray variant?
Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops), Gray variant?
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 11 3/8 x 9 1/16 in. (28.9 x 23 cm), irregular
Avian Study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
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 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]
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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Creative: Tronvig Group