(Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876)
An African Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus) and a Citron-Throated or a Yellow-Throated Toucan (Ramphastos citreolaemus or Ramphastos ambiguous)
Signed and dated Edouard Travies pt. 1834. in the lower margin.
170 x 100 cm. (6 3/4 x 4 in.)
Previously identified as a citron-throated toucan, the toucan depicted in the present sheet is a bit of an anomaly. In some respects, it bears a closer resemblance to the yellow-throated toucan. For instance, the distinct bi-colour bill is far more similar to that of the yellow-throated toucan than to the citron-throated toucan, whose bill is predominately black with a bright blue and yellow line around the side and top. The colouring of the area around the eye is also a slight conundrum, since neither the citron-throated toucan nor the yellow-throated toucan have pink around their eyes. This therefore begs the question of whether the toucan depicted here by Traviès is a species which has since become extinct, as the artist’s overwhelmingly faithful drawings of birds would suggest that any artistic licence in this regard would be unlikely.
This drawing was once part of the truly exceptional 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.