Item 691 - Pied Flycatcher [male]&[female]

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Pied Flycatcher [male]&[female]

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European Pied Flycatcher, male and female

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Ficedula hypoleuca

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Cha. Collins Fect. May 1740;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Muscicapa atricapilla

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CA RBD MSG BW002-691

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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 pair of male and female European Pied Flycatchers from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and West Africa].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Pied Flycatcher [male]&[female] (Muscicapa atricapilla) Cha. Collins Fect. May 1740;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Cold Finch W. 236

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Scientific name: Ficedula hypoleuca

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Rubetra
16 Motacilla nigricans, superciliis
albis, macula alarum alba, L.S.N. p. 186
Ficedula Tertia Aldrov. Edw. p. 30
Habitat in Europa.
The Cold Finch.
Will. orn. p.236

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Rubetra
16 Motacilla nigricans [The black...] with white
eyebrow stripes, and a white patch on the wings. L.S.N. p. 186
Ficedua Tertia Aldrov. Edw. p. 30
It lives in Europe.
The Cold Finch.
Will. orn. p.236

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 36

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)