Item 686 - Willow Warbler

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Willow Warbler

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Wood Warbler

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Phylloscopus sibilatrix

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Char. Collins Fect. 1739

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Phylloscopus trochilus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-686

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  • 1739 (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 pair of Wood Warblers from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) Char. Collins Fect. 1739

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Scientific name: Phylloscopus sibilatrix

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla


  1. Motacilla, cinerea subtus alba,
    supercilliis albis. L.N.S. [sic] p. 185
    Habitat in Europa.
    The Willowbird,
    or Willow Wren.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Aves Passeres Motacilla


  1. Motacilla, it is grey with white underparts,
    and white eyebrow stripes. L.N.S. [sic] p. 185
    It lives in Europe.
    The Willowbird,
    or Willow Wren.

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 31

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)