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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Study of a Female Blue-Winged Teal
Common Name: Blue-winged Teal
Date Made/Found: 1837
Artist: Edward Lear , British, 1812 - 1888
Previous owner: Thomas Campbell Eyton , British, 1809 - 1880
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 462 x 616mm Support: 282 x 385mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG02092
Lear painted this study for naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton, towards his book 'A Monograph of the Anatidae or Duck Tribe', published in 1838. In 1837 Eyton employed Lear to make bird studies from life, or if this was not possible, used stuffed birds as the first step in producing the illustrations. Six of Lear's duck drawings were later developed for the book, and unused ones were kept in Eyton's private collection. Interestingly, the Royal Academy of Arts has an almost identical drawing by John Halphead Smith (1826-1896), painted in 1840. This too was painted for Eyton. It’s possible that Smith copied Lear's work, and that Eyton allowed his collection or specimen drawings to be used by other artists and authors. Certainly, one of Lear's drawings from Eyton's collection was reproduced for Sir William Jardine's book 'Illustrations of the Duck Tribe' of 1839, showing that natural scientists of the time collaborated.
Display Location: In Store
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