Item 088 - Wild Cat (Europe?)

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Wild Cat (Europe?)

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Feral cat/Domestic cat

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Felis catus

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  • Source of title proper: Caption title.
  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Felis catus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-088

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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 cat from a 18th century specimen [modern geographical distribution: worldwide.] Attributed to Peter Paillou (1704-1798).

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Wild Cat (Europe?) (Felis catus)

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The Wild Cat

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Felis
Sylvestris
Felis cauda breve.
colore Griseo, striato
Facie palidiore auribus
ore & anulis oculorum
albidis. sed colore difert
Habitat Angliae sylvis
the Wild Cat

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Mammalia Ferae Felis
Sylvestris
Felis with a short tail;
grey colouring, a paler striped
face, white ears and
mouth, and white rings
around the eyes; but it differs in colour.
It lives in forests in England.
the Wild Cat

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Mammals Volume 2, Painting 40

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  • Volume: Mammals v.2 (of 6)