Item 711 - Porphyry-tailed Mango

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Porphyry-tailed Mango

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Jamaican Mango

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Anthracorax mango

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P. Paillou april 1759

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Lanpornis mango

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CA RBD MSG BW002-711

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  • 1754 (Creation)
    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 pair of Jamaican Mangos from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Jamaica].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Black-capped Hummingbird (Aithurus polytmus) J. Van Huysum

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The long tailed Hummingbird.

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus fuscatus.
T. (brachyurus) rectricibus aequalibus nigro-violaceis,
corpore fusco-viridi nitenti, abdomine alisq[ue] nigris.
Emajoribus [E majoribus] hujus generis, quatuor & semiuncialis.
Rostrum nigrum, unciale, parum incurvam.
Caput supra, Collum, Dorsum, Tectrices alarum
& Caudae e fusco-viridia, nitentia. Capitis latera
magis nitent, purpureo-aenea. Gula nigro-
viridis. Alae nigricantes, cauda paulo longiores.
Cauda supra nigro-violacea, subtus e pur-
pureo-violacea. Apices rectricum margine
Habitat in Jamaica.

Forfiscatus T. curvirostris, rectricibus lateralibus
longissimi, corpore viridi, pileo rectricibusq[ue]
caeruleis. L.S.N. p. 120
Habitat in Jamaica

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf:

Porphyry-tailed Mango
Trochilus fuscatus
T. (brachyurus) with equal violet-black flight feathers on the tail,
a shiny tawny-green body, a black abdomen and black wings.
It is larger than others of its species: four and a half inches.
The beak is black, one inch, and slightly curved.
The top of the head, neck, back, covert feathers on the wings, and
tail are shiny tawny-green. The sides of the head are a shinier
purplish-copper colour. The throat is greenish-black.
The wings are black, and a little longer than the tail.
The tail is violet-black on top, and underneath it is coloured from
purple to violet. The tips of the flight feathers on the tail
have a pale border.
It lives in Jamaica.

Forfiscatus T. curvirostris [The curved-beak...], with very long flight feathers on the sides of the tail, a green body, a blue cap and blue flight feathers on the tail. L.S.N. p. 120
It lives in Jamaica.

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Birds Volume 12, Painting 5

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  • Volume: Birds v.12 (of 16)