Item 376 - Booted Eagle

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Booted Eagle

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Hieraaetus pennatus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-376

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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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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 Booted Eagle from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Asia, and Africa.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Mountain Falcon from the East Indies belonged to Dr Hunter April 1761 the smallness of the head of this bird is very remarkable

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Microcephala
Falco montana Orientalis
Cera flava. Rostro Nigro Iridibus
fuscis pedibus flavis vertice Nigrescen-
te Pectore et Femoribus palides
ruffencentibus [rufescentibus]. Dorso et superiore parte
Alarum ferrugineis, tamen linea fusca
transversale sicut Cingulo cinctis
remigiis fusca. Cauda fusca nigro
Habitat in India Oriente.
The East Indian Mountain

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Microcephala
Falco montana Orientalis [The small-headed Eastern Mountain Falcon]
with a golden-yellow cere, black beak, tawny
irises, golden-yellow feet, a black crown, and a pale
reddish breast and thighs; a back and upper part of the wings that are reddish-brown but with a tawny horizontal line,
flight feathers on the wings encircled
with a tawny band; and a tawny tail streaked with
It lives in Eastern India.
The East Indian Mountain

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Birds Volume 4, Painting 3

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  • Volume: Birds v.4 (of 16)