Item 690 - Wheatear

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Northern Wheatear

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Oenanthe oenanthe

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Oenanthe oenanthe

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CA RBD MSG BW002-690

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    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 Northern Wheatears from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and North America. Attributed to Collins, Charles].

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Significant foxing.

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Fallon Smich or the Wheat Ear W. 233

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Scientific name: Oenanthe oenanthe

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla
15 Mottacilla dorso cano, fronte alba,
oculorum fascia nigra. L.S.N. p. 186
Habitat in Europae apricis
Fallow Smich
Wheat Ear
Will. orn. p.233

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla
15 Mottacilla with a grey back, white forehead,
and a black eyestripe. L.S.N. p. 186
It lives in sunny rocky areas
of Europe.
Fallow Smich
Wheat Ear
Will. orn. p.233

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 35

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)