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"Bird and flower of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 49.4 x 32.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 57


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "BIRD and 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 and right with the number "57".
  • The bird was identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Kookaburra Dacelo gigas. ITIS lists the current preferred taxonomic name for this species as Dacelo novaeguineae.
  • 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 15157
  • 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.