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Gesner's "Noctua"
Date: ca. 1554-1564
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Medium: Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and white lead pigment over black chalk on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Dimensions: Overall (irregular): 8 1/4 × 7 3/8 in. (21 × 18.7 cm)
Description: Avian Study--Genus/species as per Kinzlebach, who attributes work directly to Lukas Schan
Credit Line: Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop
Object Number: 1889.10.3.47
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Marks: 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 to be published; but from the death of the artists M. la Grese, and M. Petit, they never were engraved. Most of them are accompanied with their names, in 4 large vols. oblong folios, formerly in the Duke of Devonshire's Collection"
Inscribed: Inscribed along left edge vertically: "Noctua saxatilis Gesner ab eo donata"

Provenance:

The Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, England; John Cassin, Philadelphia, 1869; M.Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, 1872; Nathaniel H. Bishop, Toms River, New Jersey

Exhibitions:

"Audubon's Aviary: Something Old, Something Borrowed, But Most Things New," New-York Historical Society, February 13–April 5, 2009.

"Arts et Humanisme: La Renaissance a Lyon," Musee Des Beaux Arts De Lyon, France, October 23, 2015–January 25, 2016.

"Harry Potter: A History of Magic," New-York Historical Society, October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019.