Purple Heron (Ardea purpura), Adult Male
Watercolor, gouache, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 11 1/16 x 14 5/8 in. (28.1 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
Followed by text in Greek, French, and Latin [see unicode field] including following credits: At lower center: Le peintre. / Michel Petit. / L'escrivain. / Thomas Huilier.
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
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