Item 047 - Ring-tailed Lemur

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Ring-tailed Lemur

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Ring-tailed Lemur

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Lemur catta

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Lemur catta

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CA RBD MSG BW002-047

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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 RIng-tailed Lemur from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Madagascar.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: [Sketch of specimen] the maucauco from the Island Madagascar a female

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Primates Lemur
4. Oatta [Catta] L.S.N. p. 45 ed. nov. i. e12.
Lemur Caudatus, cauda albo nigroq[ue] annulata. Mus. Ad. Fr. 2 p 5.
Simia sciurus madagascariensis, sive maucauco Edw. av. 197 t 197
Prosimia cinerea, cauda cincta annulis albis & nigris Brisson. quad 222
Habitat in Madagascar, mitissima, scandit omnibus pedibus ut simia
Victitat fructibus, oleribus, radicibus; cibos tenet manibus, tardiusculu[s]
placida & tranquilla murmurat ut Felis.
Ungues Indicis palmarum non longiores aut subulati.
The Mocock

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Primates Lemur
4. Oatta [Catta] L.S.N. p. 45 ed. nov. i. e12.
Lemur Caudatus [The tailed Lemur], with a white and black ringed tail. Mus. Ad. Fr. 2 p 5.
Simia sciurus madagascariensis, [or] maucauco Edw. av. 197 t 197
Prosimia ash-coloured, with a white and black ringed tail.
Brisson. quad 222
It lives in Madagascar, it is very calm, and climbs
[using] all of its feet like a monkey.
It feeds on fruit, vegetables, and roots; it holds its food
with its hands; it is somewhat slow,
when it is still and tranquil it purs like a cat.
The nails of the forefingers on the hands are not very long nor awl-shaped.
The Mocock.

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Mammals Volume 1, Painting 47

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  • Volume: Mammals v.1 (of 6)