Item 042 - Ai or Three-toed Sloth

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Ai or Three-toed Sloth

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Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth

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Bradypus tridactylus

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Bradypus tridactylus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-042

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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 Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Northern South America.] Attributed to Peter Paillou.

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Ai or Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: the bigness of life in the British Museum

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Scientific name: Bradypus tridactylus

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia. Primates Simia

  1. Lemur.
    Dentes Primores superiores 4: intermediis
    Inferiores 6. longiores, porrecti, compressi
    paralleli, approximati.
    Laniarii solitarii, approximati
    molares plures, sublobati:
    antici longiores acutiores.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia. Primates Simia

  1. Lemur
    There are 4 upper incisors: with those in the middle
    farther back.
    There are 6 lower incisors: these are longer, protracted, compressed, parallel, and close together.
    The canines are separate, and close together;
    there are many molars that are somewhat lobate:
    those at the front are longer and sharper.

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Mammals Volume 1, Painting 42

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  • Volume: Mammals v.1 (of 6)