Album Containing Fifty-Nine Drawings of Exotic Birds
Watercolor and tempera, with gold, over graphite, on paper.
Leaves: 13 1/16 x 9 3/4 in (332 x 246 mm); binding: 13 3/8 x 10 1/8 in. (340 x 255 mm)
Gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch.
Each drawing inscribed by the artist at lower right, in pen and ink, with name of bird; sometimes repeated at lower left in graphite. First manuscript title page inscribed; "Drawings taken from a collection of stuff'd Birds / of their natural size / by M. [Mary?] Battersby / Dublin 1834. Second manuscript title page inscribed: Drawings from Stuffed Birds, all the size of nature / By M. Battersby 1843".
R.M. Broadhead, Esq.; sale [R.M. Broadhead and other properties], London, Christie's, 24 March 1981, lot I, f. 35 repr.; Christopher Wood Gallery, London; Frederick R. Koch.