The White Bird ("L'Oyseau Blanc")
Watercolor and black ink on ivory paper, laid on an album page
Paper: 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm), irregular
Probably an albino European Blackbird (Turdus merula); called albino-amsel in German.
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 at upper center: Loyseau blanc.
At lower right: 84
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.