Turtle Dove Fine Art Print

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A high quality fine art print on Hahnemühle German Etching art paper of a pair of Turtle Doves in a tree, painted by wildlife painter Peter Paillou (c.1720-c.1790) on 10th December 1748.

The Taylor White Collection's 18th Century Watercolour Painting of The Turtle Doves

Our Turtle Doves fine art print comes from the original collection of Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772). In the mid-18th Century, White commissioned the celebrated wildlife painter, Peter Paillou (c.1720 - c.1790) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The watercolour painting of the Turtle Doves was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Paillou.

The original watercolour of the Turtle Doves is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Turtle Doves's plumage and features in stunning clarity. This depth of colour and detail has been captured brilliantly through the digitalisation process and is replicated for you on this delightful fine art print, which is now available for your home or office décor, or to buy as a thoughtful gift for your friends and family.

Taylor White, a barrister by profession and landowner on the Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire border, 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 governor and the founding Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London, as well as being a Fellow of The Royal Society. He was extremely well-connected in Society, which enabled him to create such a world-class collections of specimen and thus paintings. White's father in-law was Major-General John Armstrong, who as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Chief Royal Engineer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces, has his offices in The Tower of London. Consequently, Taylor White had access to the birds and beasts of The Royal Menagerie at the Tower. He also was able to borrow specimen from The British Museum. Some rarer and more exotic specimens were brought back from their great travels across the globe by his Royal Society friends, the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, Bt. and the famous clockmaker, John Harrison.

Superb Fine Art Print on Museum-Quality Paper

We've meticulously replicated the original Turtle Doves watercolour painting on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching art paper. This top-quality fine art paper is acid and lignin-free, ensuring the best possible longevity and colour reproduction. The Turtle Doves's vibrant colours and intricate details come to life in this high-quality fine art print.

* Please note that the images of the Turtle Dove Fine Art Print on our website are for illustrative purposes only. The actual print uses high-resolution images to ensure a crisp, clear, and visually stunning final print.

The Oriental Turtle Dove

The Oriental Turtle Dove (Scientific name: Streptopelai orientalis) is an avian marvel that has captured hearts and inspired awe across Asia. The Oriental Turtle Dove is a charming and graceful species of dove, whose range spans from the western edges of Europe all the way to the eastern shores of Japan.

Nestled within lush wooded habitats, the Oriental Turtle Dove thrives in environments which provide ample open space to stretch its wings. These feathered friends are not only a delight to behold but also hold an intriguing secret - their fascinating resemblance to their European cousin, the European Turtle Dove.

Slightly larger in stature, the Oriental Turtle Dove boasts a captivating plumage, which artfully combines the best of nature's colour palette. Adorning the side of its neck is a mesmerizing patch of black and white stripes, embellished with silver tips that sparkle like stardust. But the beauty doesn't end there! A gentle blush of light pink graces the bird's breast feathers, while its wings showcase a striking contrast with their deep, orange-brown hue. Discover the beauty, mystery, and allure of this captivating species, and let the Turtle Dove become your new favourite feathered friend!

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Turtle Dove Fine Art Print will take 2-3 working days. It will then be despatched to you via the Royal Mail RM24 Tracked postal service in a round poster tube for safety. The 20cm x 25cm version of the Turtle Dove Fine Art Print will be packaged in a board-backed envelope.
Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.