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South American Turtle Dove.

Natural history study of the adult male and a young South American Turtle Dove.

Stock Code 85955

1824

Original price $3,226.00 - Original price $3,226.00
Original price $3,226.00
$3,226.00
$3,226.00 - $3,226.00
Current price $3,226.00
Jean Gabriel Prêtre (1768-1849) was a Swiss-born painter of natural history subjects. He first worked as an illustrator recording specimens in the Empress Josephine's zoo. He went on to be a member of Napoleonic survey of Egypt, between 1798 and 1801, where his work culminated in numerous plates for the Le Description de l'Egypte.

In collaboration with fellow artist, Nicolas Hüet (1770-1830), with whom he worked at the Natural History Museum in Paris, he also contributed a lot of original artwork from which plates were engraved for Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d'oiseaux: pour servir de suite et de complément aux planches enluminées de Buffon, d'après les dessins de MM. Huet et Prêtre, Peintre attachés au Muséum d'histoire naturelle, by Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778-1858), published between 1820 and 1839.

Listed in Temminck's published pllate as Colomba Venusta, it is here named Colombe Tourteline, described by Prideaux John Selby as the cousin of the Cape Turtle, Colomba capensis, and the Australian Colomba macquarrii.

Finely detailed watercolour on wove paper, signed and dated, 1824, upper centre within the image, faintly inscribed below, Colombe Tourteline (male, adulte), ____ Tourtelette (jeune), 34 x 23 cm. (13 3/8 x 9 in), the original artwork for plate 341 of Temminck's Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d'oiseaux.

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South American Turtle Dove.

PRÊTRE, Jean Gabriel.

Stock code: 85955

$3,226.00

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