Item 053 - Gray Fox

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Gray Fox

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Urocyon cinereoargenteus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-053

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    Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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(approximately 1720-approximately 1790)

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Peter Paillou was born in London into a Huguenot family and was recognised in his own time as an eminent ‘bird painter’. In 1744 he began to paint for Taylor White and worked for him for almost thirty years, painting chiefly birds and mammals. He painted as well for Robert More, Joseph Banks, and for the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. Many of his paintings of birds were used as the basis for book illustrations, often engraved by his colleague and fellow Huguenot, Peter Mazell. Paillou was elected to the Society of Artists and in 1763 he exhibited ‘A Piece of Birds, in Watercolours; the Hen of the Wood and Cock of the Red Game’. In 1778, to considerable approval, he also showed a picture of ‘A Horned Owl from Peru’, completely made from feathers.

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Drawing of a Gray Fox from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: North America, Central America, and Colombia.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: a jackal or Lyon’s provider from Barbary

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Canis
Lupus
Africanus
Lupus. Canis. Cauda Paululo incurvato
corpore parte superiore Griseo inferiore ruffo
Genis Albis infra Occulos Albis.
Collo ruffescente [rufescente].
Habitat in Babare & Africa
The Jackall
from Barbara.
This Beast is said to hunt for the Lion
& is therefore called The Lyons provider
This Difers greatly from the Lupus
Aureus which is found in India & aft
Benghal. this beast hunts alone the
other in great numbers together.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Canis
Lupus
Africanus
Lupus. Canis; with a slightly curved tail,
a body that is grey on top and red underneath,
cheeks that are white below the eyes,
and a reddish neck.
It lives in Barbary and Africa.
The Jackall
from Barbara.
This Beast is said to hunt for the Lion
& is therefore called The Lyons provider
This Difers greatly from the Lupus
Aureus which is found in India & aft
Benghal. this beast hunts alone the
other in great numbers together.

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Mammals Volume 2, Painting 5

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  • Volume: Mammals v.2 (of 6)