Item 705 - British redbreast

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British redbreast

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European Robin

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Erithacus rubecula

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Charl. Collins. Fect. 1736

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CA RBD MSG BW002-705

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  • 1736 (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 European Robins from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Charl. Collins. Fect. 1736 British Redbreast (Erithacus rubecula melophilus).

General note

Manuscript note on back of drawing: Robin red breast. Rubecula sive Erythacus aldrov w. 219

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Scientific name: Erithacus rubecula

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Rubecula
45 Mottacilla grisea, gula pectoreq[ue] fulvis
Habitat in Europa
L.N.S. [sic] p. 188.
Robin red Breast
Will. orn. p.219

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Rubecula
45 Mottacilla grisea [The grey...] with a reddish-yellow throat and breast.
It lives in Europe.
L.N.S. [sic] p. 188.
Robin red Breast
Will. orn. p.219

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 50

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)