Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Female

Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Female
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Female
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over traces (?) of black chalk on on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 9 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (23 x 21 cm), irregular
Avian Study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
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: 62 [in a box] At upper center: [cut] Lagopus [cut] / L'autheur. / B. Textor. [cut] At upper right onto the lower sheet: Erythrotacis [Erythrotaos?] par. At lower right: Le peintre. / Pierre Vase, aliâs Cruche. / L'escrivain. / Thomas Huilier. Along lower right of lower sheet vertically: 7.f.s.
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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Creative: Tronvig Group