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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Title
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Date 
c. 1554-1564
Medium 
Watercolor and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm), irregular
Description 
Avian Study--as per Kinzelbach, captive specimen, c.1227, from Sultan of Cairo to Emperor in Apulia, see Vatican MS "De arte venandi cum au[v]ibus", King Manfred's copy; red eye-color unique to specimen and corresponds with Manfred MS images, worn tail and black spots result of captivity and a diet too rich in cannibis seed.
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.4.53
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 at lower left: Psittacus albus / in venusto rodioni manuscripto / Frederici depictus.
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