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"Banksian Cockatoo", native name "Kar ratt"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [Between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 37.4 x 25.2 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 137

 

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Bird in profile, facing to the left, perched on a tree stump with a distant landscape view behind the base of the stump but an otherwise plain background. The bird has a crested head and is predominantly black or dark brown, with white highlights and black detail in the feathers, a yellow patch below the eye, and yellow patches in the tail. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom two different hands, "from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail two feet eight inches.", "Native name Kar ratt All the varieties of the black Cockatoo are so called, this is the most uncommon Bird."
  • The drawing is signed "Thomas Watling, delt_", but is undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "52.". 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 "Banksian Cockatoo Sup ii. 92. First". This has been copied in ink at bottom, Banksian Cockatoo Latham Syn Suppt ii p 92 - first". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing I 19.". 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.
  • There is some annotation in faded brown ink on the reverse of the drawing, but it is illegible.
  • 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 12137
  • James 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).