“The White crown Pigeon” from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands. Mark Catesby (1683-1749), London, England 1771 Height 14 1/4”, width 20 3/4” (overall) 10 1/4” height x 13 3/4” width (plate marks) Hand-colored copper engraving on laid paper bearing the watermark of James Whatman
This image is from the third edition of Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, published in 1771 by Benjamin White of London. The “White-crowned Pigeon,” is a member of the dove family, and is a native of the Caribbean Islands.
The image is marked “T. 25./Columba capito albo/The White crown Pigeon” and “Frutex coyini fere folio crasso; &c./ The Coco Plum.” The paper is watermarked with a crowned shield, the mark for the James Whatman paper manufactory.
For further information, see Alan Feduccia, editor. Catesby’s Birds of Colonial America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1985, page 59.
This print survives in very good condition with crisp and vibrant colors and retains its full margins. The frame is a reproduction of an eighteenth-century example and was made by Perry Hopf of Kennebunk, Maine.