Item 710 - 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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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Eulampis holoserceus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-710

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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 pair of Green-throated Caribs from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles (excluding Trinidad and Tobago).] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Green-breasted Carib? (Eulampis holoserceus)

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus nectarisuqus
T. (brachyurus) rectricibus nigroviolaceis, subaequalibus,
inferioribus apice albis; corpore supra virescente
subtus albido, rostro longitudine capitis.
Eminoribus [E minoribus], tres uncias longus. Rostrum nigrum,
semiunciale, apice paulo incurvum. Totus supra
virescens, nitens, subtus a gula ad caudam e
griseo-albidus. Obs: Omnes plumae albidae basi
nigricant. Alae nigro-fuscae cauda paulo breviores.
Cauda subaequalis supra viridi-subviolacea,
subtus nigro-violacea, rectricibus duabus inter-
mediis immaculatis, inferioribus omnibus
apice albidis, pauloque brevioribus.
Trochilo Tominconi Linnaei valde affinis.
Habitat in Barbadoes.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus nectarisuqus
T. (brachyurus) with somewhat equal violet-black flight feathers
on the tail, with white tips underneath; a body that is green on top
and white underneath, and a beak that is as long as the head.
It is quite small: three inches long. The beak is black,
half an inch, and slightly curved at the tip. It is completely
green on top, shiny, and underneath it is coloured from grey to
white from the throat to the tail. Obs[ervation]: All the white
feathers are black at the base. The wings are tawny-black and are a little shorter than the tail.
The tail is somewhat equal and is violet-green on top,
and violet-black underneath, and there are two unmarked feathers in the middle of the tail, all have white tips underneath,
and are a little shorter.
It is closely related to Linnaeus' Trochila Tominconi.
It lives in Barbados.

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Birds Volume 12, Painting 4

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  • Volume: Birds v.12 (of 16)