Item 665 - Amadurvade Waxbill

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Amadurvade Waxbill

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Red Avadavat

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Amandava amandava

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Cha. Collins Fect. April 1741;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Sporoeginthus amandava

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CA RBD MSG BW002-665

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  • 1741 (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 pair of Red Avadavats from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: India, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Amadurvade Waxbill (Sporoeginthus amandava) Cha. Collins Fect. April 1741;

General note

Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Anadavada Bird W. 266 from the East Indies

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Scientific name: Amandava amandava

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Fringilla
10 Amandava
10 Fringilla rectricibus purpureis
medietate postica atris.
Habitat in India Orientalis
L.S.N. p. 180.
The Amadavai.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Fringilla
10 Amandava
10 Fringilla with purple flight feathers on the tail,
and black feathers in the middle at the rear.
It lives in eastern India.
L.S.N. p. 180
The Amadavai.

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 10

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)