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"Crimson-fronted Parrot"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter (probably Watling, Thomas)
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 16.3 x 15.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 130


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated. However the style of painting is very characteristic of Thomas Watling and there does appear to be some lettering that could be a signature partially obliterated by dark paint around the base of the tree stump.
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at top right with the number "43.". 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 "Crimson fronted Parrot". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Crimson fronted Parrot Latham Syn Suppt 2 p 87". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawings I. 26". 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.
  • 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 12130
  • 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).