22 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 13,700
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
Lucknow School, 1775-85
A male rose-coloured starling, sturnus roseus, perching on a fig tree
with inscription 'Rose-coloured angel, male. same as Europe. B.C.' (lower centre) and with further inscription 'Oriolus' (lower left) and with inscription in Urdu (lower left, lower centre)
pen and black ink, watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic
18 x 11 in. (45.7 x 27.9 cm.)
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The rose-coloured starling is found mainly in the open plains and rocky areas of eastern Europe, and west and central Asia. It winters primarily in India and often forms huge flocks where there is abundant food, such as locusts and cereal grain.
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Claude Martin (1735-1800), Lucknow.