Item 021 - Weeper capuchin

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Weeper capuchin

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Wedge-capped Capuchin

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Cebus olivaceus

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Cebus capucines

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CA RBD MSG BW002-021

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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 Wedge-capped Capuchin from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Weeper capuchin (Cebus capucines)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: 30 Capucina No 9 A Brown Monkey of its natural size. The Male. This came from Lisboa was probably brought from the Brazils

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Primates Simia Cercopithecus
30 Capucina
Cercopethecus [Cercopithecus] fuscus, capitis vertice nigro
Briss. quadr. 193.
Simia caudata imberbis fusca, cauda prehensili
hirsuta pileo [pilleo] artubusq[ue] nigris, natibus tectis. Mus. Ad. Fr. t.2 3
Habitat in Surinamo

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Primates Simia Cercopithecus
30 Capucina
The tawny cercopithecus, with a black crown.
Briss. quadr. 193.
The tailed, beardless, tawny simia, with a black shaggy prehensile tail, black cap, and limbs; and a covered rump. Mus. Ad. Fr. t.2 3
It lives in Suriname.

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Mammals Volume 1, Painting 21

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  • Volume: Mammals v.1 (of 6)