Item 699 - British Great Titmouse

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British Great Titmouse

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Great Tit

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Parus major

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Cha. Collins Fect. May 1743

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Parus major Newtoni

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CA RBD MSG BW002-699

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  • 1743 (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 pair of Great Tits from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, the Middle East, and Asia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: British Great Titmouse (Parus major Newtoni) Cha. Collins Fect. May 1743

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Scientific name: Parus major

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Parus
3 Parus capite nigro temporibus albis,
nucha lutea. L.N.S. [sic] p. 189
Great Titmouse
Ox Eye

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Parus
3 Parus with a black head, white temples,
and a yellow nape. L.N.S. [sic] p. 189
Great Titmouse
Ox Eye

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 44

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)