21 September 2000,
Price realised GBP 2,350
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
Calcutta School, 1881
A ruddy sheldrake
with inscription and date 'Casarca rutila;/Ruddy Shieldrake. [sic] J.954./Jarafgunge. 22d Feb 81./Found all over India in the cold season only, in pairs chiefly but also in/small parties, frequenting rivers and lakes. It walks well and grazes in/the young cornfields just like Geese, it also picks up fallen seeds of grass or/grain. It breeds across the Himalayas. As the time of migration for/the purpose of breeding approaches, the male's plumage assumes a/deeper and brighter hue as in above illustration.' (lower centre)
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic, one with scratching out
19½ x 24½ in. (49.5 x 62.2 cm.)
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