Item 660 - Chaffinch [male] & [female].

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Chaffinch [male] & [female].

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Common Chaffinch, male and female

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Fringilla coelebs

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Charl. Collins Fect. 1736;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Fringilla coelebs

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CA RBD MSG BW002-660

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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 male and female Common Chaffinches from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and New Zealand].

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Significant foxing.

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Chaffinch [male] & [female]. (Fringilla coelebs) Charl. Collins Fect. 1736;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Chafinch Fringilla, Spiza Aristotelis W. p. 253

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Scientific name: Fringilla coelebs

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Fringilla
3 Fringilla artubus nigris remigibus
utrinque albis; tribus primis immaculatis
rectricibus duabus utrinque albis
L.N.S. [sic] p. 179
Fringilla Will. p. 253

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Fringilla
3 Fringilla with black limbs [wings], and white flight feathers
on the wings in both [sexes]; three unmarked primary feathers
and two white flight feathers on the tail in both [sexes].
L.N.S. [sic] p. 179
Fringilla Will.
p. 253

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 5

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)