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Eurasian Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), gray variant

Eurasian Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), gray variant
Title
Eurasian Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), gray variant
Date 
c. 1554-1564
Medium 
Watercolor, black ink, white lead pigment, and gouache over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, formerly aid on an album page
Dimensions 
Overall: 15 1/16 x 11 1/4 in. (38.3 x 28.6 cm), irregular
Description 
Avian Study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.3.38
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 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"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed along left edge vertically: Espece de Chah huãt. 57 At lower left: Silz.s.rorn.(?)
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