Pigeon by Raper

George Raper (1769-1797)
Pigeon of Lord Howe Island, 1790.
Watercolour and ink, 487 x 322 mm.

George Raper had an adventurous career in the British navy. He served on the First Fleet, which in 1787 set sail transporting convicts and marines to establish the first European settlement in Australia.

Raper used his artistic skills to record the animals, plants, landscape and people that he observed on his journey. This remarkable collection provides a wonderful historical record of early European contact with Australia. Raper's drawings are also the basis of scientific study.

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