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"Bird of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 47.7 x 31.9 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 60


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Drawing of a bird perched on a tree branch against a plain background. The bird is depicted in frontal view with its head turned in profile to the right. It is coloured predominantly with black wash overlaid with black hatched lines and crescent-shaped dotted lines, marked with yellow behind the eye, on the underside of the tail, and in crescent-shaped markings on the breast. The branch on which it is perched curves up and to the left from the bottom right corner, and is coloured brown with dark grey-blue shading underneath. There is a small area of hatched pale grey-green lines to the left of the branch at the bottom. The drawing is framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and contains the title, signature and date. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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