House Martins Journal - 5" x 7"

5" x 7" Journal with plain or ruled paper. The cover has a repeating pattern of House Martins flying, painted by wildlife artist Peter Paillou (c.1720 - c.1790) in the mid-18th Century.


The watercolour painting of two house martins comes from the collection of Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772), which is currently in the Blacker-Wood Collection at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In the 1730s and 1740s, White commissioned the celebrated Dutch painter, Jacobus van Huysum (c.1688-1740) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The House Martins was one of the watercolour paintings, which resulted from the collaboration between White and van Huysum. Van Huysum was a member of a renown family of Dutch botanical painters.

Taylor White, a barrister by profession, was a keen naturalist and collector. He commissioned over 900 paintings of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from the finest painters of his day. He was a Fellow of The Royal Society and founding Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London.

The original watercolour of the House Martins is extremely finely painted, with great detail being seen in all of the details of the painting. This depth of colour and detail has been captured brilliantly through the digitalisation process and is replicated for you on the cover of this journal.

The House Martin

House martins (Scientific name: Delichon urbicum) is the widespread across Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and areas of eastern Asia, over-wintering in Africa. The house martin arrives in the UK each year in March/April before departing for Africa again in September/October. During its stay in Europe, it can be seen nesting below the eaves of houses and flitting around the sky above. A wonderful sight each summer!

House Martins Journal

Our House Martins journal is a hard backed journal, which provides the perfect inspiration for you to scribble, doodle, draw or write in. With a premium vinyl laminated hardcover wrap around back, the House Martins stand out with beautiful, vibrant colour.

Our House Martins journals have a smooth, matte finish on the exterior, and feature 64 pages (128 sides) of 90 gsm paper on the inside.

You can choose from either ruled or blank paper on the inner pages.

  • Size: 5″ x 7″ (12.7cm x 17.8cm) in size with a half inch (1.27cm) thick spine.
  • Pages: 64 pages (128 sides) of 90gsm paper.
  • Paper type; Available with plain or ruled paper.
  • Hardback Cover: Chipboard with a vinyl laminate over the House Martin design.

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your House Martins journal will take 2-3 working days. It will then be despatched to you, arriving approximately 24-48 hours later.
* Please note that the images of the interior of the journal are for descriptive purposes only. The inner edges of the cover will use the same design as the cover itself. The cover may vary very slightly in the positioning of the pattern due to the manufacturing process.
Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.

Possible Product Variations

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Paper Type

Plain, Ruled


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