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Nuttall’s Poor-will ?
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- Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Phalaenoptilus nuttalli
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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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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 Common Nighthawk from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.] Attributed to Peter Paillou.
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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Nuttall’s Poor-will ? (Phalaenoptilus nuttalli)
Scientific name: Chordeiles minor
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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Caprimulgus Minor Americanus.
Habitat in America
The lesser American
Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Caprimulgus Minor Americanus.
It lives in America.
The lesser American
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