ENGLISH SCHOOL, 19th Century
Pencil and watercolour
Dimensions of the study of a single monkey:
Width: 10.5 inches (26.7cm)
Height: 7.25 inches (18.2cm)
One with an inscription lower left: ‘Cebus hypoleucus Geoff:/ white throated Sapajou’. The other with an inscription upper right: ‘petaurista Ceruopitheous Cephus Schnarbartaffe Blaumant/ Guinea’.
The White-throated Capuchin monkey (also known as the white-headed or white-faced capuchin) is native to the jungles of Central America and northern regions of South America. Highly social and intelligent, they live in troops of around 20. This type of watercolour study, capturing the characteristics of different species, became increasingly popular throughout the 19th Century as more people travelled to the New World.