Little is known of the bird painter Peter Paillou, except that he worked for the naturalists Sir Joseph Banks and Thomas Pennant. The group of eight watercolors in this lot include: A Shearwater, An Eider Drake, Two Snipe, A Male and female Quail, An Iceland Falcon, A Black-Toed Gull, A Black Cock and a female Black Grouse.
In general the overall condition of all these drawings is good, with the watercolor good and strong.
Specific comments on individual sheets:
A few minor, isolated fox marks.
Paper is slightly yellowed, and has some isolated pale foxing, mainly near the left and upper edge.
Small light grey watercolour splash stain at the lower right corner and some very minor spots near the upper left. Two tiny pin-prick holes near the lower left corner.
Slightly yellowed with some mild foxing.
Small losses at each corner and along the upper left edge. Some small tears at the left edge. Made up at the edges and corners to stabilise the paper. Also some wear at the margins, particularly at the lower edge. A slight, pale yellow fox mark above the bird’s back.
Slight surface dirt at the very edges of the sheet. There is a small, pale fox mark just above the bird's head, and a small brown mark at the lower right corner.
Female black grouse:
Some small, isolated fox marks: one near the upper left corner, and a couple of others in the centre of the sheet. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.