Item 093 - Banded Mongoose

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Banded Mongoose

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Banded Mongoose

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Mungos mungo

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CA RBD MSG BW002-093

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    Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm

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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 Banded Mongoose from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Viverra
Mustela Glauca
amen acad p.109
Mustela Viverra indis Mangutia Kaempf. amoen.
574. t 576
Quil 1. quirpele Carc. arom. 162
Serpentielda s. muncos Rumpf. herb 7. p. 69
t. 28 f.2.3.
Ichneumon Indicus Edwd av. 199 t. 199.
Ichneumon s. Vulpecula Zeilanica seb. mus 1. p66
t. 41. f.1.
Habita[t] in Aegypto ad Ripas Nili. &
in India primario. mansuesit; more canis
victitat amphibiis, serpentibus Lacertis
ovis Crocodili, Ranis Gallinis, muribus.
serpentum Hostis, morsus a serpente
ophiorbizam [ophiorhizam] assumit; repit & prosilis ad
praedam; a vento reformidat; mundum animal
catum saepe trucidat.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Viverra
Mustela Glauca [The grey weasel]
amen acad p. 109
Mustela Viverra indis Mangutia Kempf. amoen.
574. t 576
Quil 1. quirpele Carc. arom. 162
Serpentielda s. muncos Rumpf. herb 7. p. 69
t. 28 f.2.3
Ichneumon Indicus Edwd av. 199 t.199
Ichneumon s. Vulpecula Zeilanica seb. mus 1. p66
t.41. f.1.
It lives in Egypt near the banks of the Nile; and
in nearer India. It is tame, in the manner of a dog,
it feeds on amphibians, snakes, lizards,
crocodile eggs, frogs, chickens, and mice.
It is an enemy of snakes; when bitten by a snake
it eats ophiorrhiza; it crawls and springs out at
its prey; it is afraid of the wind; it is a clean animal,
it often kills cats.

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Mammals Volume 3, Painting 1

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  • Volume: Mammals v.3 (of 6)