Item 689 - Grey Wagtail

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Grey Wagtail

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Gray Wagtail

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Motacilla cinerea

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Char. Collins Fect. 1739;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Motacilla cinerea

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CA RBD MSG BW002-689

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  • 1739 (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 Gray Wagtails from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Asia, and East Africa].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Char. Collins Fect. 1739;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea an flava Altera Aldrov. W. p. 238

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Scientific name: Motacilla cinerea

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla
13 Cinerea
13 Motacilla Dorso & Capite cinereis
pectore & abdomine flavis, remigibus
& rectricibus Nigris. Will. orn. p. 238
habitat in Anglia
The Grey Wagtail.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla
13 Cinerea
13 Motacilla with an ash-coloured back and head,
golden-yellow breast and abdomen, and black
flight feathers on the wings and tail. Will. orn. p. 238
It lives in Anglia.
The Grey Wagtail.

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 34

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)