19 May 1998
Shaikh Zayn-al-Din (fl. 1777-1782)
Anastomus oscitans (Openbill Stork)
with inscription 'In the Collection of Lady Impey at Calcutta/Painted by [Shaikh Zayn-al-Din] Native of Patna 1781' (lower left), and further inscribed 'ghonghil' in Persian (lower left)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white, watermark 'J WHATMAN', unframed
20.5/8 x 29.3/8 in. (52.4 x 74.6 cm.)
Sir Elijah and Lady Impey.
The Earls of Derby (L. 720a).
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The Openbill Stork is distributed throughout India. The curious gap between the two manibles has been thought to be an adaptation facilitating feeding on snails.
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