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Diversae avium species

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1997,0928.14.5

  • Title (series)

    • Diversae avium species
  • Description

    Inside a brickwalled room with an open window, several captive birds rest on wooden perches; at right, a large owl standing on a fence has a dead ferret or other small rodent in its right claw; at left, two falcons are perched, one with an ornament on its head (attached around its neck), the other with its wings outstretched; the foot of a third falcon is visible at far left; below them, a small owl is tied by a rope to the perch above; at centre, two smaller birds of prey, are perched, one of them with wings outstretched, feeding on a tiny bird; small curtains or drapes are attached to the horizontal perches, one with a tassle at right; after Francis Barlow.
    Etching
    A small margin has been left below the design, as if for an inscription

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1654-1658 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
    • Width: 138 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    For information on the volume see 1997,0928.14.1

    For duplicates, see 1875,0710.548 and Q,5.547; this plate seems to be from the series Diversae avium species, most if not all of the plates etched by Hollar. The set may have been issued with two different title pages; one etched by Hollar for Peter Stent, with an eagle with outstretched wings and other birds, dated 1654; the other etched by Barlow himself and copied in reverse by Gaywood (facing eagles supporting a flayed calfskin).

    See commentary under New Hollstein (Hollar) 1334-1339 for the different series of birds after Francis Barlow, for which the composition and chronology is not established.

    Barlow's related drawing is at the Tate Gallery, London (T08084).

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  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein 1659 (Hollar) bibliographic details
    • Pennington 2133 bibliographic details
  • Location

    165.a.37

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1997

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1997,0928.14.5

Inside a brickwalled room with an open window, several captive birds rest on wooden perches; at right, a large owl standing on a fence has a dead ferret or other small rodent in its right claw; at left, two falcons are perched, one with an ornament on its head (attached around its neck), the other with its wings outstretched; the foot of a third falcon is visible at far left; below them, a small owl is tied by a rope to the perch above; at centre, two smaller birds of prey, are perched, one of them with wings outstretched, feeding on a tiny bird; small curtains or drapes are attached to the horizontal perches, one with a tassle at right. 
Etching
A small margin has been left below the design, as if for an inscription

Recto

Inside a brickwalled room with an open window, several captive birds rest on wooden perches; at right, a large owl standing on a fence has a dead ferret or other small rodent in its right claw; at left, two falcons are perched, one with an ornament on its head (attached around its neck), the other with its wings outstretched; the foot of a third falcon is visible at far left; below them, a small owl is tied by a rope to the perch above; at centre, two smaller birds of prey, are perched, one of them with wings outstretched, feeding on a tiny bird; small curtains or drapes are attached to the horizontal perches, one with a tassle at right. Etching A small margin has been left below the design, as if for an inscription

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