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Titlark (Pipit-Anthus sp.), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), or Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Spring

Titlark (Pipit-Anthus sp.), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), or Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Spring
Title
Titlark (Pipit-Anthus sp.), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), or Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Spring
Date 
c. 1554-1564
Medium 
Watercolor, black ink and gouache over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 5/16 x 11 in. (21.1 x 27.9 cm), irregular
Description 
Avian Study--Species unclear see inscription, possibly: Titlark, actually a Pipit, (Anthus sp.), Alouette de prez (archaic); Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Pipit des prés; or Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Spring, Alouette des champ
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.4.33
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 upper right: 38 At lower center: 5. [wavy lines above and below] / 5.[in a wavy box]
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