White-cheeked pintail

    Date
    1731
    Creator
    Mark Catesby (1683 - 1749, British) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    18894
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 265mm
    width (print): 355mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Botany
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    Description
    Ornithological study of a white-cheeked pintail, Anas bahamensis, shown in right profile, in water. It is found in the Caribbean, South America, and the Galapagos Islands.

    Signed and inscribed below: ‘Chrysanthemum &c. Anas Bahamensis.’

    Written in the associated text: ‘These Birds frequent the Bahama Islands, but are not numerous, I never having seen but one, which was a Drake.’

    Plate 93 from volume I of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731). This was the first natural history book to use folio-sized colour plates. Catesby etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

    Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the British colonies in North America. His research is known to have relied on the knowledge and labour of enslaved African peoples and indigenous peoples.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > North America
          > United States
    <The World>
       > North America
          > Bahamas
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18628
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