Exotic bird signed with monogram and dated '48' (lower right) oil on panel 25.4 x 20.6 cm. (10 x 8 1/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: With Galerie Charpentier, Paris
The bold red breast with black and blue head feathers suggests that the bird depicted may be a stylised rendering of a White-throated Redstart. Although native to Bhutan, China, India, Burma and Nepal it is probable that Bussy's source for this charming painting was actually a specimen discovered on one of his sketching trips to London Zoo.