Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Juvenile
Watercolor, gouache, black ink over traces of black chalk on ivory paper, laid on an album page; (heavy losses in gouache)
Overall: 12 x 10 1/8 in. (30.5 x 25.7 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: Merops.; in a different hand: fCest au grad livre
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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