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The White Bird ("L'Oyseau Blanc")

Object Number: 
c. 1554-1564
Watercolor and black ink on ivory paper, laid on an album page
Paper: 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 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: Loyseau blanc. At lower right: 84
Probably an albino European Blackbird (Turdus merula); called albino-amsel in German.
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