A Macaw and a Hoopoe perched on a Stone Urn with a Parrot on the Balustrade from which hangs a Swag of Fruit

Oil on canvas
Signed: "J.P Gillemans" and inscribed with inventory Nº 404
24 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches (63 x 49.6 cms)
Essay: 

The hoopoe is derived from a painting by Melchior d'Hondecoeter, sold New York, Christie's, 29 January 1999, lot 179

Provenance: 

Possibly William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian (1605-75), or Robert Kerr, 1st Marquess of Lothian (1636-1703);
Certainly in the collection of William Kerr, 3rd Marquess of Lothian (1690–1767), by 1726, when recorded in the inventory;
By descent to the previous owner

Literature: 

Newbattle Abbey inventory, c. 1726/27 ('an other fruit piece with a parrot etc, by ditto Gillemans');
Possibly mentioned in the description of rooms in Newbattle, May 1764 ('a Picture of a parrot, in the Dressing Room of the White Room');
Newbattle Abbey inventory, c. 1788 ('Parrot, Parroquet, Grapes etc. - J.P.Gillemans');
Newbattle Abbey inventory, March 1833, no. 404;
Newbattle Abbey inventory, May 1878, no. 404 (Upper Hall);
Newbattle Abbey inventory, 21 May 1900, no. 404 (Upper Hall);
Newbattle Abbey inventory, December 1901, p. 79 (Upper & Organ Halls);
Monteviot House inventory, 14 July 1989, no. 404 (South East Passage)