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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855), Adrien Aimé Taunay (1803-1828), François Oudart after John William Lewin, and E. Bevalet
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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855), Adrien Aimé Taunay (1803-1828), François Oudart after John William Lewin, and E. Bevalet

(Voyage de l'Uranie. Oiseaux): (Yellow and black bird of New Holland); (Green Parrot); Loriot Prince-Regent; (Cassican fluteur. White-backed magpie)

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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855), Adrien Aimé Taunay (1803-1828), François Oudart after John William Lewin, and E. Bevalet
(Voyage de l'Uranie. Oiseaux): (Yellow and black bird of New Holland); (Green Parrot); Loriot Prince-Regent; (Cassican fluteur. White-backed magpie)
all signed, two inscribed
pencil and watercolour on paper, one watermark IHS (Montgolfier)
10 7/8 x 13¼in. (27.7 x 33.6cm.) and similar
4 (4)
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Lot Essay

The first and second birds remain unidentified, although the second may be the blue-faced 'perruche erythoptere' of south-east Australia (for which see Zoologie, p.27). The third study of the Prince Regent bird was copied from Lewin's engraved version of 1805 as the specimen the French purchased was lost in the shipwreck in the Falklands. The last watercolour of a magpie found in Sydney was from a live bird taken back to France and donated by Freycinet to the Museum in Paris. The bird was still alive in 1824.
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