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Catalog Number PAP.Green.1961.013
Title Gros-Becs, appellés queue en éventail, de Virginie
Artist Martinet, François Nicolas, 1739-after 1796
Date n.d.
Description View of a male and female Fan-Tailed Grosbeak on a branch; print is hand colored with watercolor paint
Object Name Print
Medium Watercolor Paint
Material Ink; Thin Paper
Technique Etching/ Hand-coloring
Dimensions H-25.2 W-21.3 cm
Credit line Gift of Beatrice Greenough
Provenance 1961, December 15 - Gift of Beatrice Greenough

The Greenough Estate Collection, including 25 cartons of books and over thirty prints and drawings, was given to the Redwood Library on December 15, 1961 by Beatrice Goelet Greenough (1908-1984) soon after the death of her only child, Gabrielle Ladd (1936-1960). Beatrice was the daughter of William Greenough (1874-1949) and Charlotte Warren (1885-1954) who collected most of the artwork herself. Charlotte was assisted by her father, Whitney Warren, who had donated a scrapbook of his architectural drawings to the Redwood Library.

Beatrice Greenough of Prescott Farm, a Portsmouth, RI resident for many years, died 24 April,1984. She left an uncle, Whitney Warren of San Francisco and two cousins, Michael Lloyd Reeves of Newport and Reginald Reeves of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Additional Inscriptions and Marks upper right, in pencil: #13

back, in pencil: 58
Inscription Location Above and below print
Inscriptions and Marks upper left: 380
lower center: Gros-Becs, appellés queue en éventail, de Virginie
Collection Works on Paper - Greenough Collection
People Greenough, Beatrice, 1908-1984
Martinet, François Nicolas, 1739-after 1796
Notes note with first inventory indicates that the print is from the book L'Histoires des Oiseauy (1787)
Related Publications Société de Gens de Lettres, d. Savans et d'Artistes, et al.. Encyclopédie Methodique: Histoire Naturelle : Oiseaux. A Paris: chez Panckoucke ..., 1784. 401

"QUEUE EN ÉVENTAIL. || Queue en éventail de Virginie. PL enlum. 380 J le mâle , fig. fuper. la femelle , fig. in-fer. || Cet oileau, appelle queue en éventail, de l'habitude qu'il a d'épanouir fa queue , eft du genre du gros-bec ou du XXXIVe genre de la méthode de M. Briflbn: tout fon plumage eft d'un brun uniforme , plus foncé fur le deflus du corps , éclairci & animé d'une foible teinte rougeâtre en-deflbus , tirant au noirâtre fur les grandes pennes des ailes & fur celles de la queue ; le bec eft gris-blanc & les pieds font noirâtres. || La femelle a les couleurs plus foibles que le mâle & le ventre blanchâtre. J'ai vu ces deux oifeaux vivans à Paris ; ils n'avoient point de chant & ils n'étoient remarquables que par l'habitude de tenir leur queue épanouie , mais fans la relever. Ils vécurent fort peu de temps: ils paflbient pour avoir été apportés de la Virginie."