Green Parrot

Green Parrot

c. 1820

Opaque watercolor on paper

Overall: 38.5 x 28.6 cm (15 3/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Bequest of Edgar A. Hahn 1972.285

Fun Fact

This was owned by a founding partner of Cleveland law firm Hahn Loeser & Parks.

Description

Because of its ability to talk, the parrot often appears in Indo-
Iranian tales as a messenger of moral wisdom. In the late 1700s
and early 1800s, British merchants and civil servants of the
East India Company commissioned paintings of native flora
and fauna from Indian artists in European styles. This painting
appears to depict a female Derbyan parakeet (Psittacula
derbiana), also known as Lord Derby's parakeet.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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