Item 236 - Agouti

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Agouti

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Black-rumped Agouti

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Dasyprocta prymnolopha

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Dasyprocta agouti

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CA RBD MSG BW002-236

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    Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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(approximately 1720-approximately 1790)

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Peter Paillou was born in London into a Huguenot family and was recognised in his own time as an eminent ‘bird painter’. In 1744 he began to paint for Taylor White and worked for him for almost thirty years, painting chiefly birds and mammals. He painted as well for Robert More, Joseph Banks, and for the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. Many of his paintings of birds were used as the basis for book illustrations, often engraved by his colleague and fellow Huguenot, Peter Mazell. Paillou was elected to the Society of Artists and in 1763 he exhibited ‘A Piece of Birds, in Watercolours; the Hen of the Wood and Cock of the Red Game’. In 1778, to considerable approval, he also showed a picture of ‘A Horned Owl from Peru’, completely made from feathers.

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Drawing of a Black-rumped Agouti from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: South America.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Agouti (Dasyprocta agouti)

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Glires Mus
3. Leporinus
Mus. cauda abreviata. palmis tetra-


  • dactylis. Plantis tridactylis,

abdomine albo. L.S.N. ed. nov. p. 80
Lepus Javensis. Cates: Carol. 3. p 18 t 18
Habitat Java, Sumatra.
Aures subrotundae. Color rufus, abdomine
albo.
Descriptio
Mus capite Leporino, auribus nudis subrotundis
Rubescentibus marginibus subnigris et
partibus inferioribus albis. rostro nuda
Palmis Tetradactylis Plantis tridactylis
Cauda minima vix apparente nuda.
Color fronte & Dorso nigrescentibus.
ventre flavescente. abdomine sub-albes-

  • cente. Femoribus rufis, lateribus

colore leporino, faucibus & guture
palescentibus
Mas & Faemina Sunt forma & colore
similes ut vidi in colectione magistri
Tenant. anno 1770.

Mammalia Glires Mus
2 Aguti
Mus cauda abreviata, palmis tetradactylis plantis
tridactylis, abdomine flavescente. L.S.N. p 80 ed. 12o
Cuniculus caudatus auritus, pilis ex rufo & fusco
mixtis rigidis Briss. quad 143.
Mus Sylvestris americanus, porcelli pilis & voce Raii quad. 226
Aguti seu Acuti Marg. bras. 224. Pis. bras. 102. Johnst. quad. t. 63.
Habitat in Brasilia, Surinamo, Guinea.
Corpus pilis rigidis rufo-fuscentibus, Abdomine
flavescente.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Glires Mus
3. Leporinus
Mus. with a shortened tail, four-toed front
feet, three-toed back feet,
and a white abdomen. L.S.N. ed. nov. p. 80
Lepus Javensis. Cates: Carol. 3. p 18 t 18
It lives in Java, and Sumatra.
The ears are somewhat round. It is red in colour, with
a white abdomen.
Description
Mus with the head of a hare, bare, somewhat rounded ears
that are reddish with black edges, and
white underparts; a bare snout,
four-toed front feet, and three-toed back feet;
a very small bare tail that is barely visible,
a black forehead and back,
a golden-yellow stomach, a somewhat
white abdomen, red thighs,
sides the colour of a hare, and a pale
throat and neck.
The male and female are similar in shape and colour
as seen in the master's collection.
Tenant. anno 1770.

Mammalia Glires Mus
2 Aguti
Mus with a shortened tail, four-toed front feet,
three-toed back feet, and a golden-yellow abdomen. L.S.N. p 80 ed. 12o
Cuniculus caudatus auritus [The long-eared, tailed...] with stiff hair
of a mixed red and tawny colour. Briss. quad 143.
Mus Sylvestris americanus, with the hair and voice of a piglet. Raii
quad. 226
Aguti or Acuti Marg. bras. 224. Pis. bras. 102. Johnst.
quad. t. 63.
It lives in Brasil, Suriname, and Guinea.
The body is covered in stiff reddish-tawny hair,
with a golden-yellow abdomen.

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Mammals Volume 6, Painting 16

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  • Volume: Mammals v.6 (of 6)