White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Male Breeding
Watercolor, black ink, gouache, and white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 11 15/16 x 8 1/4 in. (30.3 x 21 cm), irregular
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 along left edge vertically: 39 [in a box]
With text in French, Greek, and Latin [see unicode field] including the following credits:
At left: L'autheur / B. Textor.
At lower right: Le peintre / Pierre Vase, aliâs Cruche / L'escrivain / Thomas Huilier.
The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, England; John Cassin, Philadelphia, 1869; M.Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1872; Nathaniel H. Bishop, Toms River, New Jersey
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