Item 913 - Gargancey [male]

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Gargancey [male]

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Garganey, male

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Spatula querquedula

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Cha. Collins Fect 1740 April 4th;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Querquedula querquedula

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CA RBD MSG BW002-913

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  • 1740 (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 male Garganey from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Asia, and Africa (this specimen is also rare in North America)].

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Large stain on right half.

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Gargancey [male] (Querquedula querquedula) Cha. Collins Fect 1740 April 4th;

General note

Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Gargancy Querquedula prima Aldrov W. p. 377

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Querquedula
Anas. macula alarum viridi
linea alba supra Occulos. L.S.N. p. 126
Habitat in Europae aquis dulcibus
The Gargancy
Will. orn. p. 377.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Querquedula
Anas. with a green patch on the wings
and a white line above the eyes. L.S.N. p. 126
It lives in Europe in fresh water.
The Gargancy
Will. orn. p. 377.

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Birds Volume 16, Painting 54

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  • Volume: Birds v.16 (of 16)