José Atanasio Echeverría

Fünf Vögel, um 1800

This study features three flycatchers (Muscicapidae) and two wagtails (Motacillidae). Since only a few of the wagtails depicted here appear in western Alaska and there are no flycatchers at all in America, these studies, like that of the barn owl (inv. no. 38521, cat. no. 36), must not have been made on any of José Atanasio Echeverría's botany expeditions. Instead, they must be from one of his sojourns in Spain. Since the illustrations are sequentially numbered (228–32), and moreover alphabetically arranged, one assumes that this sheet was, or was intended to be, part of an encyclopedic work. In Echeverría's inventory it appears, possibly together with the owl, under no. 26: "Idem. [i.e., Echeverría] Sketches from life.”

Jens Hoffmann-Samland

Details about this work

Bleistift, aquarelliert 295 x 202 mm (Blatt) Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kupferstichkabinett Inv. Nr.: 38523 Collection: KK Zeichnungen, Spanien, 15.-19. Jh. © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk Foto: Christoph Irrgang, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

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