|The Yellow-Breasted Chat and The Turk's Cap Lily, c. 1765|
Purchased by King George III
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
From the Royal Collection, we have this handsome watercolor by Mark Catesby (1682-1749). Catesby created the painting of a small bird (known as a Yellow-Breasted Chat) with a Turk’s Cap Lily. To give emphasis to the bird, Catesby has only faintly sketched-in the plant with it’s maple-shaped leaves.
The painting was created for one Thomas Cadell from whom it was purchased by King George III in 1768.