Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Adult Male

Object Number: 
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink over black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Overall: 8 x 11 1/8 in. (20.3 x 28.3 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 center: 2 [in a box] [unintelligible letter] With text in French and Latin [see also unicode field]: At left: Pie griesche / moyenne. / De trois coleurs faut que tienne / Pie griesche moyenne. / Par dessous elle est blanchatre, / Par dessus bleuë & roussatre. / L'autheur. / De Vannelles At right: Picula secunda, Vel media / Pie griesche seconde, ou moyenne. / Cœrula ceu prima est ceu tertia rufa colore. / Dicta tibi merito Picula sum media / De eadem. / Idcirco media appellata est. Picula quòd sit, / Cœruleæ simul & rufæ donata colore. / De eadem. / Quam mediam dices adversa candida parte / Cœrulea aversa sum Picula rufa colore. / L'autheur. / B. Textor. At lower center: Le peintre / Isaac la Grese. / L'escrivain. / Thomas Huilier.
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