Item 299 - Black-capped Lory

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Black-capped Lory

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Black-capped Lory

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Lorius lory

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Cha. Collins Fect. 1739

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Lorius Lory

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CA RBD MSG BW002-299

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  • 1739 (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 Black-capped Lory from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Papua New Guinea].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Black-capped Lory (Lorius Lory) Cha. Collins Fect. 1739;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: the scarlet and blue Lowry

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Scientific name: Lorius lory

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Domicella
Psitticus brachyurus coccineis
Orientalis vertice nigro rostro
et Iridibus flavis cera grisca [grisea] pedibus
albis. humeris ventre et abdomine
caerulescentibus. Cauda exteriore
parte caerulea subtus vir[i]de, genibus
collo pectore lateribus dorso et
Uropigio coccineis alis supra
viridibus infra coccineis Remigibus
supra Viridibus infra nigris
macculo flavo notatis. L.S.N. p.100
Habitat in Asia
The Red and Blue Lory

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Domicella
Psitticus brachyurus coccineis
Orientalis [The Oriental scarlet...] with a black crown,
golden-yellow beak and irises, grey cere,
and white feet; blue shoulders, stomach, and abdomen;
a tail that is blue on top and green underneath;
scarlet cheeks, neck, breast, sides, back, and
rump; wings that are green on top
and scarlet underneath; and flight feathers on the wings
that are green on top, black underneath,
and marked with a golden-yellow patch.
L.S.N. p.100 It lives in Asia
The Red and Blue Lory

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Birds Volume 1, Painting 43

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  • Volume: Birds v.1 (of 16)