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  • Title (series)

    • Diversae avium species
  • Description

    Eight pigeons in a farmyard near a coup; a dovecote in the background, right; after Francis Barlow; first state.

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  • Date

    • 1654-1658 (c.)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 137 millimetres
    • Width: 197 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered "F. Barlow delin W.Hollar fec:"
  • Curator's comments

    For information on the volume see 1997,0928.14.1

    A duplicate impression at Q,5.552; copied in reverse by Thomas Neale for Pierre Mariette II, 1658-9, see Nn,7.2.2. The design for this plate is related to Barlow's plate 5, "pegions", in his series of birds see 1854,0812.79. 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.


  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein 1654.I (Hollar) bibliographic details
    • Pennington 2125.I bibliographic details
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Eight pigeons in a farmyard near a coup; a dovecote in the background, right


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