Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Juvenile
Watercolor, black ink, gouache, and white lead pigment, over black chalk, on ivory paper, laid down onto a second sheet of paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 15 13/16 x 11 7/16 in. (40.2 x 29.1 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 at upper left: Ciconia nigra. Cigoigne noire. / Altera iam nobis est nota Ciconia nigra / Aut incerticolor potius, non scripta verustis. / De eadem / Alba est antica prope parte Ciconia nigra / Candida quæ forma te mole Ciconia reddit. / L’autheur / B. Textor
At lower center: Le peintre / Isaac la Grese. / L’escrivain / Thomas Huilier
Along left edge: (vertically), SJL [7fS?].
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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