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"Fair Falcon"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.9 x 15.3 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 107


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A bird, perched on a branch and facing to the left. The bird has a white throat and breast, grey head, brown back, wing and tail, and a speckled breast. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom "Half the Natural size."
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "14.". 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 left "Fair Falcon Syn Sup ii 54". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Fair Falcon Latham Syn - Suppt 2 p 54". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • The bird is described as "indeterminable" in Hindwood, K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top left "Lambert Drawing II 5". 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 12107
  • 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).