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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)

Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)
Title
Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)
Date 
c. 1554-1565
Medium 
Watercolor, black and brown ink, gouache, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly mounted on an album page
Dimensions 
Overall: 9 3/16 x 8 3/8 in. (23.3 x 21.3 cm), irregular
Description 
Avian study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.1.1
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 
Text in Greek, French, and Latin [see unicode field] including following credits: At lower left: L'autheur. / B. Textor. At lower center: Le peintre. / Pierre Vase, aliâs Cruche. / L'escrivain. / Thomas Huilier.
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