Item 628 - Green finch

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Green finch

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European Greenfinch

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Chloris chloris

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Cha. Collins Fect. 1743;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Chloris chloris

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CA RBD MSG BW002-628

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  • 1743 (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 pair of European Greenfinches from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Australia, and New Zealand].

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Significant foxing.

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Green finch (Chloris chloris) Cha. Collins Fect. 1743;

General note

Manuscript note on back of drawing: the Green Finch

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Loxia
27 Loxia flavicanti-virens remigibus
primoribus antice luteis, rectricibus
lateralibus quatuor basi luteis. L.N.S. [sic] p.174
Will p. 248

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Loxia
27 Loxia flavicanti-virens [The greenish-golden-yellow...] with yellow foremost primary wing feathers, and four flight feathers on the sides of the tail that are yellow at the base. L.N.S. [sic] p.174
Will p. 248

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Birds Volume 10, Painting 17

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  • Volume: Birds v.10 (of 16)