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Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax or nyctanassa?), Adult or Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralliodes), Breeding

Object Number: 
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor and black ink, with touches of gouache and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 11 3/8 x 14 5/8 in. (28.9 x 37.1 cm), irregular
Inside cover of Album 1 contains a printed catalogue description reading: "Drawings of European Birds, a Collection of upwards of 200 Drawings, most beautifully executed colours, of European Birds, taken from Nature, and most faithfully copied with a view
Inscribed at upper right: Espece de Eaux
Avian study
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, England; John Cassin, Philadelphia, 1869; M.Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1872; Nathaniel H. Bishop, Toms River, New Jersey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group