Item 378 - Osprey

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Osprey

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Osprey

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Pandion haliaetus

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Pandion haliaetus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-378

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    Paillou, Peter, 1712-1782

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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(1712-1782)

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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 Osprey from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: worldwide.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Accipitres Falco
21. Haliaetus [Haliaeetos]
Falco cera pedibusq[ue] caeruleis corpore
supra fusco subtus albo, capite albido.
Q. Fac. Tues. 57.
Falco Cyanopoda. Gesn. av. 74
Haliaetus Aldrov. l. 2. c. 3
Morphuos. Aldrov. l 2. c. 8
Balbusandus Will ornith 37. t. 6. Raii av. 16
Habitat in Europa, humi inter Arundines
Victitat piscibus majoribus, anatibus.
Lineus dixit etiam Pes sinister sub pal-

  • matus. sed mihi non apparet. v. Lin. S. N. 91

The Bald Buzzard
my Bird was shot in Shropshire

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Accipitres Falco
21. Haliaetus [Haliaeetos] [The sea-eagle…]
The falcon with a blue cere and blue feet, a body
that is tawny on top and white underneath, and a white head.
Q. Fac. Tues. 57.
Falco Cyanopoda. Gesn. av. 74
Haliaetus Aldrov. l. 2. c. 3
Morphuos. Aldrov. l 2. c. 8
Balbusandus Will ornith 37. t. 6. Raii av. 16
It lives in Europe, on land among the reeds;
it feeds on large fish, and ducks.
Linnaeus even says that the left foot is somewhat webbed,
but this is not apparent to me. v. Lin. S. N. 91
The Bald Buzzard
my Bird was shot in Shropshire

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Birds Volume 4, Painting 5

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  • Volume: Birds v.4 (of 16)