ATTRIBUTED TO GURU DAYAL (FL. 1804-07) Indian Egret (female)

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Indian Egret (female)
Gouache, captioned in ink and pencil on European wove paper.
Paper size: 24 x 16 in
Inscribed with the Latin and common name of the bird and the Linnean classification and numbered.
Barrackpore, ca. 1802


Provenance: George Annesley, 10th Viscount Valentia, Calcutta (1769 - 1844).
References: BirdLife International, Hobhouse, Niall “The Lucknow Menagerie,” Jackson, Anna, “Encounters,” Lord Valentia visited Lord Wellesley (Governor General at Fort William 1796- 1805) in February 1803. He describes his visit to Barrackpore in Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt in the Years
I802 - I806, London, 1809. Guru Dayal (fl. 1804-07) worked for Dr. Buchanan and later William Lloyd Gibbons at the Barrackpore Menagerie.
“[The Indian Egret] is distributed throughout India to Ceylon, extending, if Gould’s syrmatophorus be rightly identified with this species, from Europe through most of Asia and Africa to Australia. It is of course most abundant in the better watered districts, but is found everywhere, feeding in rivers and tanks, and roosting on trees. It breeds, in company, on trees, often in, or close to some village, making the usual nest of sticks, and laying three or four eggs of a bluish-green colour.” (Bird Life International)

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