Item 696 - Wren

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Eurasian Wren

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Troglodytes troglodytes

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Cha. Collins Fect. May 1743

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Troglodytes troglodytes

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CA RBD MSG BW002-696

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  • 1743 (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 Eurasian Wrens from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Europe, Central Asia, Northeast Asia, and North America].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) Cha. Collins Fect. May 1743

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Scientific name: Troglodytes troglodytes

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Troglodytes
46 Mottacilla grisea, alis nigro
cineroq[ue] [cinereoque] undulatis. L.N.S. [sic] p. 188
Habitat in Europa
Wren. Will orn. 219

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Troglodytes
46 Mottacilla grisea [The grey…] with black and ash-coloured
wavy stripes on the wings. L.N.S. [sic] p. 188
It lives in Europe.
Wren. Will orn. 219

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Birds Volume 11, Painting 41

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  • Volume: Birds v.11 (of 16)