Item 746 - Blue-eared Kingfisher

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Blue-eared Kingfisher

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Alcedo meninting

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Charl. Collins Fect 1737;

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CA RBD MSG BW002-746

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  • 1737 (Creation)
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    Collins, Charles

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm

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(1680-1744)

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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 Blue-eared Kingfisher from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: India and Southeast Asia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Charl. Collins Fect 1737;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Kingfishers from Amboyna. These birds I had from Mr. Colinson; Doctor Charlton in his Onomastion Loricon mentions Isauida ex india allata Regulum magninutine viz superans; perhaps [the] same bird. Alcedo minor Caerulea orientalis at Amboyna

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Birds Volume 13, Painting 26

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  • Volume: Birds v.13 (of 16)