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"Banksian Cockatoo", native name "Karratt"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [Between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.3 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 138


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Bird, seen in almost frontal view with body turned slightly to the left and head turned in profile to the right. It is perched on a tree stump set on a pale green mound, against a plain background. The bird is predominantly black, with a crested head. There are pale green spots on the crest, head and wing, and pale green horizontal marks on the throat and breast. The tail feathers are mottled with yellow and red. 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 left "Native name Karratt one fourth the Natural size".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "53.". 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 p. 92 No. 3 ". This is copied in ink at bottom left, "Banksian Cockatoo Latham Syn _ Supp ii p 92. No. 3". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii (female) in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing I No 23", and at bottom right "Vol I 23". 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 an additional label attached to the mount alongside the drawing which reads ""Lambert" Drawings" (see above).
  • 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 12138
  • 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).