A MALE SATYR TRAGOPAN
THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE ANTHONY HOBSON
A MALE SATYR TRAGOPAN

RAM DAS, CALCUTTA, INDIA, 1777-1782

Details
A MALE SATYR TRAGOPAN
RAM DAS, CALCUTTA, INDIA, 1777-1782
Pencil and watercolour on European paper (J. Whatman), with gum arabic, heightened with bodycolour, numbered '24' in top left corner, inscribed 'In the Collection of Lady Impey, Painted by Ram Das Native of Patna' and with identification inscription in Urdu in the lower left corner, with paper mount, later identified in pencil as 'Horned Turkey', framed and glazed
27 ½ x 20 ½in. (69.7 x 52cm.); 32 ¾ x 24in. (83.3 x 61cm.) overall
Provenance
The Property of the Linnean Society of London since 1855, which sold at Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1963, lot 30

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Lot Essay

The Impey Album included 326 paintings, of which 197 were studies of birds, 76 of fish, 28 of reptiles, 17 of beasts and 8 of flowers. The Impeys came back to London in 1783, bringing their collection of paintings with them. These were shown to contemporary ornithologists who found them of great scientific as well as artistic interest.

The Satyr Tragopan is a large bird of the pheasant family which inhabits the moist forests of the Himalayas in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Another painting of the Tragopan Satyra from the Impey album, though attributed to Shaykh Zayn al-Din, was sold at Sotheby’s, 12 October 2005, lot 41.

Other paintings from the Impey album are in private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Institute, London, the Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford and the San Diego Museum of Art. Other folios have appeared at auction, for instance paintings of a Red-Whiskered Bulbul and a Lineated Barbet by Shaykh Zayn al-Din which sold in these Rooms, 5 June 2007, lots 227 and 228. More recently a Fruit Bat by Bhawani Das was sold at Bonham’s, 8 April 2014, lot 292.
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