White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Title
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Date 
ca. 1730s
Medium 
Watercolor, gouache, with selective glazing and black ink over traces of gray wash on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 11/16 x 9 1/2 in. (29.7 x 24.1 cm)
Description 
Avian study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.1.49
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"
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