Four studies of birds Calcutta, circa 1820(4)
Lot 230
Four studies of birds
Calcutta, circa 1820
(4)
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 8,000 - 11,000

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Four studies of birds Calcutta, circa 1820(4) Four studies of birds Calcutta, circa 1820(4) Four studies of birds Calcutta, circa 1820(4)
Four studies of birds
Calcutta, circa 1820
pencil and watercolour on paper watermarked Whatman, Persian identifying inscriptions verso
327 x 272 mm.(4)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Formerly in the collection of Lord and Lady Fairhaven.

    The subjects are as follows:

    A. Ghrowgry. The caption in Persian reads ghawghay tayerist keh akthar-e awqat sada midahad, 'Ghawghay is a bird that makes noises most of the time'. There are spelling mistakes (awqat is written as aqat, and sada with the wrong type of s. Perhaps a Ghughu/spotted Dove (Strptopelia chinesis) known as the Spotted Turtle Dove.

    B. ...tayerist keh...nik sorkh bashad va besyar kineh-var ast parvaneh besyar...va ahl-e hend dast-amuz mikonand, '.... is a bird....which is deep red and is very revengeful....[eats?] butterflies a lot and people of India often train them'.

    C. kavil tayerist keh althar bar shakh-e anbeh neshinad va ebteda'-e bahar... be-ghayat shoru'....Avaz dahad, 'Kavil is a bird that most of the time sits on mango branches and at the beginning of Spring starts....and...sings'. Perhaps a ka'il, a black or Indian cuckoo (Cuculus indicus).

    D. lahturah jugiya khosh avaz ast, 'Lahutra pigeon sings well (a singing bird)'.
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