Description & Technical information

The small, vibrant green bird depicted at the top of the sheet is a Mexican parrotlet, also known as the turquoise-rumped parrotlet or the Mexican blue-rumped parrotlet. Native to northwestern Mexico, the Mexican parrotlet inhabits a variety of open and lightly forested areas up to an elevation of around 1,300 metres. They have a diet which consists of grasses, seeds, and flowers and can often be found in flocks foraging for food. When in the air, they are known to fly low and swift in tight formations.

The painted conure resides in northern South America, with a range that extends just south of the Rio Orinoco in Venezuela through the Guianas and into northeastern Brazil. The smallest member of the parrot family, the painted conure inhabits wooded areas at elevations of up to 1,200 metres. Here they feed and rest in the foliage of the upper stages of the canopy in which they are well camouflaged by their plumage, often only detectible by their call. 

This drawing was once part of the collection of French ornithological watercolours of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries assembled in the 1920s and 1930s by the French industrialist and bibliophile Marcel Jeanson (1885-1942). 

Date:  1834
Period:  19th century
Medium: Watercolour, pen and brown ink and wash, with framing lines in pencil
Signature: Signed and dated Edouard Travies pt. 1834. in the lower margin.

Dimensions: 170 x 100 cm (66⁷/₈ x 39³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Marcel Jeanson, Paris
Thence by descent until 1988
Jeanson sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 16 June 1988
Richard J. Schwartz, Upper Nyack, New York and Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Thence by descent until 2017.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints