(Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876)
A Mexican Parrotlet (Forpus cyanopygius) and a Painted Conure (Pyrrhura picta)
Signed and dated Edouard Travies pt. 1834. in the lower margin.
170 x 100 cm. (6 3/4 x 4 in.)
The painted conure resides in northern South America, with a range that extends just south of the Rio Orinoco in Venezuela through the Guianas and into northeastern Brazil. The smallest member of the parrot family, the painted conure inhabits wooded areas at elevations of up to 1,200 metres. Here they feed and rest in the foliage of the upper stages of the canopy in which they are well camouflaged by their plumage, often only detectible by their call.
This drawing was once part of the collection of French ornithological watercolours of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries assembled in the 1920s and 1930s by the French industrialist and bibliophile Marcel Jeanson (1885-1942).
Thence by descent until 1988
Jeanson sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 16 June 1988
Richard J. Schwartz, Upper Nyack, New York and Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Thence by descent until 2017.