Item 410 - Sparrow-Hawk [male]

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Sparrow-Hawk [male]

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Eurasian Sparrowhawk, male

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Accipiter nisus

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Cha. Collins Fect April 12 1740

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Accipiter nisus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-410

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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 male Eurasian Sparrowhawk from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Asia, and East Africa].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Sparrow-Hawk [male] (Accipiter nisus) Cha. Collins Fect April 12 1740

General note

Manuscript note on back of drawing: Q If Male Sparrow Hawk. Kept this bird long alive.

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Accipitres Falco
Fringilarius Caeruleus
Cera iridibus pedibusq[ue] flavis. rostro
nigrescente capite dorso et alis
caerulescentibus circa Occulos nigrescat
gutore [gutture] lutea Pectore et abdomine
palida striis transversulitus [transversalibus] luteis,
Femoribus albis Lineis luteis
tenuioribus Cauda caerulea fascis
nigris transversulibus [transversalibus] notata.
The Blue Sparrow Hawk

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Accipitres Falco
Fringilarius Caeruleus [The Blue Sparrow Hawk]
with a golden-yellow cere, irises, and feet; a black
beak, a blue head, back and wings,
black around the eyes,
a yellow throat, a pale breast and abdomen
with yellow horizontal lines,
white thighs with thin yellow lines,
and a blue tail marked with black
horizontal bands.
The Blue Sparrow Hawk

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Birds Volume 4, Painting 37

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  • Volume: Birds v.4 (of 16)