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"Piping Roller", native name "Tarra-won-nang"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 42.5 x 32.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. LS13

 

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Bird in profile, facing to the right. It is depicted perching on a white branch shaded grey underneath against a plain background. The bird is predominantly coloured black overlaid with black hatched lines, with white patches on the back of the neck, the shoulder of the wing, the tail and underparts. It has a pale grey bill. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in pencil and brown ink.

 

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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in brown ink at lower left "Natural size. Native name Tarra-won-nang This Bird has a soft note not unlike the sound of a well toned Flute, It is a Bird of Prey".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in brown ink at top right with the number "66.". This refers to the catalogue list compiled by John Latham c. 1801 which was acquired with the drawings, and is filed with them at the end of the Watling Drawings series.
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top centre "Piping Roller Sup. 2. 122. This has been copied in brown ink at lower left "Piping Roller Lathams Syn Suppt 2 p. 122." The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird has more recently been identified as the Black-backed Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top left "Lambert. II, 96". This refers to a related set of drawings from the collections of the 13th Earl of Derby, held in the Library at Knowsley Hall, Lancashire.
  • A separate label is attached to the mount alongside the drawing at lower right. It is inscribed in pencil "Type. GM."
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London)
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library reference number 12513
  • John Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available
  • Latham, John. Supplement II to the General Synopsis of Birds. London: Leigh, Sotheby, 1802.
  • Hindwood K. A. 'The "Watling" drawings with incidental notes on the "Lambert" and the "Latham" drawings', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for the years 1968-69 (1970).
  • This drawing is reproduced in Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988. (Plate 197, p. 184).