(Doullens 1809 - Paris 1876)
A Long-Tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) and a Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Signed Edouard Travies [partially cut off] in the lower margin.
170 x 100 cm. (6 3/4 x 4 in.)
The smaller bird drawn on the lower part of the sheet was previously identified as a common myna, though it shares some similarities with the grey-winged blackbird (Turdus boulboul), native to Southeast Asia, including its yellow eyes, orange beak and legs, and light patch on its wing. The white patch on the bird depicted here is quite a bit smaller than the grey-edged wings of the blackbird, however. This particular specimen would be a male blackbird, since females are brown rather than black in colour. These birds are solitary creatures who forage in tropical forests and tend to avoid more populated areas.
Thence by descent until 1988
Jeanson sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 16 June 1988, lot 310
Richard J. Schwartz, Upper Nyack, New York and Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Thence by descent until 2017.