Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Adult; verso: sketch of a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Adult Male

Title:
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Adult; verso: sketch of a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Adult Male
Date: 
c. 1554-1564
Medium: 
Gouache, watercolor, black ink, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 x 10 3/4 in. (21.9 x 27.3 cm), irregular
Description: 
Avian study
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number: 
1889.10.1.53
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