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Featherwork corncrake, circa 1850?
Physical Description:
1 drawing : bird feathers and watercolor ; 14 x 11 cm, in frame 16 x 14 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QL674.4 .F43 1850 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Not Evaluated
A description of how to make similarly constructed pictures of birds is given in: Elegant arts for ladies (London : Ward and Lock, 1861).
Featherwork illustration of a bird, probably a corncrake, comprised of original bird feathers against a watercolor background, by an unidentified artist, circa 1850. The body of the corncrake is composed almost entirely of original feathers; only the eye, beak, and legs have been added in watercolor. The bird is standing on the ground, in front of a prominent tree (painted in a vaguely Chinese style) and two faintly drawn bundles of hay. The illustration is housed in a contemporary gilt brass frame.
Although the piece bears no identification, the bird strongly resembles a corncrake (or Landrail, Crex crex). The corncrake uses hayfields as a preferred breeding ground; the bundles of hay depicted in the present picture are probably offered as a clue to the identification of the species.
Subject Terms:
Birds in art.
Ornithology -- Great Britain.
Women in natural history.

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