Item 612 - Common Crossbill

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Common Crossbill

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Red Crossbill (Common Crossbill), male and female

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Loxia curvirostra

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Chare CollinsFect. 1736;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Loxia curvirostra

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CA RBD MSG BW002-612

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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 Red Crossbills--also known as Common Crossbils--from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: North America, Europe, and Asia].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) Chare CollinsFect. 1736;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Shell-apple or Cross-bill, called by [the] Germans Krutzvogel. Loxia Gesner. Aldrov an Tragon Plinii W. p. 248 The Comon Cros beak: Cocothraustes vulgaris. W. p. 244

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Scientific name: Loxia curvirostra

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves passeres Sturnus. L.S.N 290
Capensis 2. S. nigricans capitis lateribus
subtusq[ue] albus.
Sturnus capitis boni spei.
Aves Picae Psitacus L.S.N. 146
Psitacus agilis no 20 in mus. Brit. 2
Psitacus viridi collo fusco.
Ps. Auro. coronatus Ed: 255.
Ps: Paradisii Catesby 1. 10
Ps: Br: Major capite flava
humeris miniatis & flavis

Aves Passeres Loxia
Loxia linea alarum simplici alba,
rectricibus latere tenuiore baseous [baseos] albis
L.N.S. [sic] p. 171
Habitat in Europa australiori, cerasa
enucleans, disseminas [disseminans].

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves passeres Sturnus. L.S.N. 290
Capensis 2. S. nigricans [The black...] with white on the sides of the head and white underparts.
Sturnus capitis boni spei [Sturnus of the Cape of Good Hope].
Aves Picae Psitacus L.S.N. 146
Psitacus agilis no. 20 in mus. Brit. 2
Psitacus viridi [The green...] with a tawny neck.
Ps. Auro coronatus Ed: 255.
Ps: Paradisii Catesby 1. 10
Ps: Br. Major with a golden-yellow head
and spotted vermilion and golden-yellow

Aves Passeres Loxia
Loxia with a single white line on the wings,
and white flight feathers on the tail [that is] narrower at the side of
the base.
L.N.S. [sic] p. 171
It lives in southern Europe,
pitting cherries, and scattering [them].

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Birds Volume 10, Painting 1

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  • Volume: Birds v.10 (of 16)