Unknown Artist (French)
'A Bird of Prey'
About 1675 to 1725
Museum no. CAI 558
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
The bird appears to be a kind of hawk or harrier, but as there is no specific detail such as patterning on the plumage, it cannot be precisely identified. For this reason the drawing is unlikely to have been made as a scientific representation of a particular species. Instead, it is probably a preparatory study for a detail in a painting