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Twigs with hornets' and birds' nests, and a beaded ornament. Also cross section of a bird's nest.

Twigs with hornets' and birds' nests, and a beaded ornament. Also cross section of a bird's nest.

Artist: Phillips, Joseph Scott (1812-1884)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1833

Shelfmark: WD 4163

Item number: 41

Length: 27.1

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and water-colour drawing of twigs with hornets' and birds' nests, and a beaded ornament with a cross section of a bird's nest by Joseph Scott Phillips (1812-1884) in 1833. This is from an album of drawings (46 folios) made in 1833 while Phillips was a supernumerary Second-Lieutenant at Dum Dum. They are mostly views, some covering a trip through the Sunderbans to Dacca, in pencil or water-colour, with a few removed, leaving inscriptions. This drawing is inscribed: 'Ornament or charm from the tomb of the Beji Bore Dacca. Formation of a kind of Hornets nest from a piece of Sola growing in water. Pendent birds nest of the sparrow [tu...illeg.]. Egg pure white, size of a swallows. 1834. 1/2 natural size'.

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