Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
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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.
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 8 1/4 x 10 13/16 in. (21 x 27.5 cm), irregular
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
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.