Item 349 - Indian Scops-Owl

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Indian Scops-Owl

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Otus bakkamoena

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CA RBD MSG BW002-349

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    Paillou, Peter, approximately 1720-approximately 1790

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm

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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 an Indian Scops-Owl from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: India and Southeast Asia.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Superciliosa
Strix capite auriculato, corpore
supra cinerascente supra subtus
pallido, alis fasciis tribus fuscis.
Magnituda sto. passerina seu coturnicis.
Capitis anterior pars seu facies albida; Vertex
cinereum. Auricula cinerascentes.
Dorsum fusco-cinerascens, maculis
Abdomen pallide flavescens. Alae
pallida fasciis tribus fuscis apiceq[ue]
fusco. Pedes pallidae. Cauda brevis
Obs. Tota maculis longitudinalibus
subsagittatis irrorata.
Habitat in Zeylone.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Superciliosa
Strix with an eared head, a body that is
ash-coloured on top and pale
underneath, and wings with three tawny bands.
It is the size of the sto. passerina [sparrow] or coturnicis [quail].
The inner part of the head or the face is white; The crown
is ash-coloured. The ears are ash-coloured.
The back is tawny-ash-coloured,
the abdomen is a pale golden-yellow. The wings
are pale with three tawny bands and a tawny tip.
The feet are pale. The tail is short.
Obs[ervation]. It is completely speckled with
arrow-like shaped spots running lengthwise.
It lives in Ceylon.

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Birds Volume 3, Painting 11

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  • Volume: Birds v.3 (of 16)