Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

Title:
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Date: 
c. 1554-1564
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 10 13/16 in. (21 x 27.5 cm), irregular
Description: 
Avian Study
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number: 
1889.10.2.35
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper center: 48 [in a box] Hirondelle de mer With text in French, Greek, and Latin [see unicode field] including the following credits: At right: L'autheur. / B. Textor. At lower center: Le peintre. / Michel petit. / L'escrivain / Thomas Huilier.
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