Konrad Gesner's "Aquila Heteropus"
Watercolor, black ink, and white lead pigment on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 9 15/16 x 8 1/4 in. (25.2 x 21 cm), irregular
Avian Study--Not a real species but an ancient legend originating in Strasburg [Kinzelbach]
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: Aquila heteropus.
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.