Item 816 - Black Skimmer

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Black Skimmer

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Black Skimmer

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Rynchops niger

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Rhynchops nigra

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CA RBD MSG BW002-816

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  • 1771 (Creation)
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    Paillou, Peter, 1712-1782

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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(1712-1782)

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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 Skimmer from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: North America and South America.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Black Skimmer (Rhynchops nigra)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Cut Water Rhynchops. Le bec en Ciseaux

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Anseres Rynchops
1. Nigra
Rynchops nigricans, subtus alba rostro
basi rubro. L.S.N. ed. 12. p. 226.
The greater Shear Water.
The Bird I described in the British musaeum 1771
The Beak. the Points Black the part of it
next the head of an Orange or dirty red. the
under mandible much the longest. the nostrils long
& oval. The forhead & all the under part of the
head Neck Back Quill Feathers & Tail are black
with a Blue Gloss The Tips of the Covert Feathers
& of ye Tail are White. The shoulders a dark
Brown. The Feet & Toes yellow the Back Toe
very small The Fore toes webb'd. The Claws black
hooked & sharp pointed.
No. 47

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Anseres Rynchops
1. Nigra
Rynchops nigricans [The black...], with white underparts
and a beak that is red at the base. L.S.N. ed. 12. p. 226.
The greater Shear Water.
The Bird I described in the British musaeum 1771
The Beak. the Points Black the part of it
next the head of an Orange or dirty red. the
under mandible much the longest. the nostrils long
& oval. The forhead & all the under part of the
head Neck Back Quill Feathers & Tail are black
with a Blue Gloss The Tips of the Covert Feathers
& of ye [the] Tail are White. The shoulders a dark
Brown. The Feet & Toes yellow the Back Toe
very small The Fore toes webb[e]d. The Claws black
hooked & sharp pointed.
No. 47

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Birds Volume 14, Painting 47

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  • Volume: Birds v.14 (of 16)