Item 709 - Green-breasted Carib

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Green-breasted Carib

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Green-throated Carib

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Eulampis holosericeus

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P. Paillou janavery 1754

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Eulampis holosericus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-709

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  • 1754 (Creation)
    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 pair of Green-throated Caribs from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles (excluding Trinidad and Tobago)].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Green-breasted Carib (Eulampis holosericus) P. Paillou janavery 1754

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus holosericeus
T. (brachyurus) rectricibus aequalibus nigro-violaceis
corpore viridi-aureo, abdomine nigricante, antice
subcyaneo, remigibus nigris.
Linn: Syst: Nat: p. 120. 9.
Valde affinis Trochilo Aurissiae L.S.N. p. 120. 7.
sed differt abdomine antice & postice subviolaceo.
Emajoribus [E majoribus] hujus generis, ab apice rostri ad
apicem caudae uncias quatuor cum dimidia
longus. Rostrum nigrum, parum incurvum,
unciale. Caput, Collum, Gula, Dorsum &
Tectrices alarum aureo-viridia nitentia.
Abdomen antice & postice viridi-cyaneum,
nitens, medio nigricans. Cauda aequalis,
nigro-violacea, corpore brevior. Alae nigricantes,
cauda paulo longiores.
Habitat in Barbadoes.

T. curvirostis [curvirostris] rectricibus aequalibus
supra nigris, corpore supra viridi,
pectore caeruleo, abdomine nigro
L.S.N. p. 120
Habitat in America

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus holosericeus
T. (brachyurus) with equal violet-black flight feathers on the tail,
a golden-green body, a black abdomen that is somewhat blue
at the top, and black flight feathers on the wings.
Linn: Syst: Nat: p. 120. 9.
It is closely related to the Trochilo Aurissiae L.S.N. p. 120. 7.
but it differs in that the abdomen is somewhat violet at the top and bottom.
It is larger than others of its species; it is four and a half inches
long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The beak is
black, slightly curved, and one inch long. The head, neck, throat,
back and covert feathers on the wings are bright golden-green.
The abdomen is a shiny blue-green at the top and bottom,
and black in the middle. The tail is equal,
violet-black, and shorter than the body. The wings are black,
and slightly longer than the tail.
It lives in Barbados.

T. curvirostis [curvirostris] [The curved-beak...], with equal flight
feathers on the tail that are black on top, a body that is green on
top, a blue breast, and a black abdomen.
L.S.N. p. 120
It lives in America.

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Birds Volume 12, Painting 3

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  • Volume: Birds v.12 (of 16)