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Bat (Vespertilio sp.)

Bat (Vespertilio sp.)
Title
Bat (Vespertilio sp.)
Date 
c. 1554-1564
Medium 
Watercolor, black ink, and white lead pigment over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page; [with eight sketched vertical rectangles outlined in black chalk
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 12 7/16 in. (21.6 x 31.6 cm), irregular
Description 
Animal Study
Credit Line 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number 
1889.10.3.50
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"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed along upper edge: Vespertilio. 29.[crossed out] 54 At lower left: 8.f.s.
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