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"Fish of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 15.8 x 25.4 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 33


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Drawing of a fish in left profile, against a plain background. The fish has elongated fins, a long snout with a pink club-shaped protrusion underneath, and the mouth open to show the pink tongue and teeth or upper jaw. It is predominantly coloured grey above and white below, with some black patches, and a line running from the snout to the tail, branching around the face. 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. The signature and date are located in the inner band at lower right. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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