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Toucan Bill

Object Number: 
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor, gouache, brown and black ink, and white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 9 1/16 x 11 5/16 in. (23 x 28.7 cm), irregular
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
Inscribed at lower center: En tibi monstrosi, lector, miracula rostri: / Similis tota foret Indica pica, darem.
Avian Study--see Thevet and Gesner after Ferrerius Pedemontanus for sources, also Nissen catalogue [Kinzelbach]
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
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