Item 150 - Nilgai [female] and young

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Nilgai [female] and young

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Nilgai, female and immature

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Boselaphus tragocamelus

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  • Source of title proper: Caption title.
  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Boselaphus tragocamelus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-150

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  • 1767 (Creation)
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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 female and an immature Nilgai from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: India.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Nilgai [female] and young (Boselaphus tragocamelus)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The female of the Cow Deer it fawned about Christmas in Bengal called Neil guy brought by Gov Crommelin to Lord Clive 1767

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Mammals Volume 4, Painting 35

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  • Volume: Mammals v.4 (of 6)