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"Bird and Flower of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 47.4 x 33.3 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 49


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "BIRD & FLOWER of PORT JACKSON Natural Size ~ GEO: RapeR.# 1789".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1789.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "49", at bottom right "48", and on the reverse "2".
  • The bird was identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis. The plants were identified by John Calaby in Wheeler and Smith (1988) as a native Iris, Patersonia sp., and a Sundew, Drosera sp.
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the plant on the left to a drawing in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. He identifies the plant as the Leafy purple flag Patersonia glabrata. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 74.)
  • 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 order number 15149
  • Miss Eva Godman donated 1962
  • Data sheet available.
  • Hindwood, K.A. 'George Raper: an Artist of the First Fleet', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 50, Pt. 1, 1964 pp.32-57.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988 (pl. 183, p. 171).