Item 270 - A Perroquet from Bengal

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A Perroquet from Bengal

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Red-breasted Parakeet, male

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Psittacula alexandri

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Cha. Collins Fect. December 1742

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CA RBD MSG BW002-270

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  • 1742 (Creation)
    Collins, Charles

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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Charles Collins was an Irish painter, known for his portraits of animals and still-lifes. He achieved success in England painting exotic birds, game, dogs and dead game still-lifes. He was the painter for Robert Furber’s ‘Twelve Months of Fruit’ (1732). In 1736 he published in collaboration with John Lee a set of 12 large engravings, coloured by hand, of British birds in landscape and garden settings, entitled Icones avium cum nominibus anglicis. He then came to the attention of Taylor White, who engaged him to paint birds from his and others’ collections until 1743. Collins died in 1744, when he was described as ‘Bird Painter to the Royal Society.’

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Drawing of a male Red-breasted Parakeet from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: India and Southeat Asia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: A Perroquet from Bengal Cha. Collins Fect. December 1742

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: Paroquet from Bengals

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Scientific name: Psittacula alexandri

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Benghalensis
Ps. Macrourus Rostri mandibula superiore
Coccinea inferiore nigra Capite purpureo fronte
et Gula nigris Collo viride Palescente Dorso
uropigio abdomine et Cauda viridibus Pectore
Phaenicio [phoeniceo]. Alis viridibus Maculis flavis remigibus
quatuor primatibus ac etiam Rectricibus duabus
Longissimis Caeruleis.
Habitat in Bengall magnitudine Merulae
The Bengall Paroquet

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Benghalensis
Ps. Macrourus with a scarlet upper mandible,
and black lower mandible; a purple head, black forehead and
black throat; a pale green neck; a green back,
rump, abdomen, and tail, and a purplish-red
breast; green wings with golden-yellow patches,
four very long blue primary feathers on the wings and also two on the tail.
It lives in Bengal. It is the size of a blackbird.
The Bengall Paroquet

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Birds Volume 1, Painting 15

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  • Volume: Birds v.1 (of 16)