Item 588 - Nicobar Pigeon

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Nicobar Pigeon

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Nicobar Pigeon

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Starnoenas cyanocephala

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Cha. Collins Fect. April 29 1740;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Calaenas nicobarica

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CA RBD MSG BW002-588

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  • 1740 (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 Nicobar Pigeon from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Indonesia, the Philippines, and Oceania].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Nicobar Pigeon (Calaenas nicobarica) Cha. Collins Fect. April 29 1740;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Pigeon from Pegu. This Bird fr Hans Sloane kept long alive

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Nicobarica
Columba cauda alba corpore nigro,
remigibus caeruleis, dorso viridi-
nitente, pennis colli elongatis.
L.N.S. [sic] p. 164
Habitat in insula Nicombar prope
Pegu indicum
Nicombar Pidgeon

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Nicobarica
Columba with a white tail, black body,
blue flight feathers on the wings, a bright
green back, and elongated feathers on the neck.
L.N.S. [sic] p. 164
It lives on the Nicobar island near
Indian Pegu.
Nicombar Pidgeon

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Birds Volume 8, Painting 55

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  • Volume: Birds v.8 (of 16)