Lanner (Falco biarmicus, feldeggi subspecies) or Red-necked Falcon or Red-Headed Merlin (Falco chicquera)
Watercolor, gouache, and black ink, with traces of white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 14 13/16 x 11 5/16 in. (37.6 x 28.7 cm), irregular
Avian Study--according to Pasquier, Falco chicquera; according to Kinzelbach, Falco biarmicus, feldeggi subspecies.
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 along left edge vertically: Lanier de Barbare. 18
Along upper edge: L'agnier de Barbarie
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.