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"Birds and Flowers of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 46.5 x 33.2 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 66


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "BIRDS, & FLOWERS of PORT JACKSON - Natural Size ~ GEO RapeR. # 1789 ~".
  • The drawing is singed "GEO RapeR" and dated 1789.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left and right with the number "66", and on the reverse "64".
  • The birds have been identified by Hindwood (1964) as the White-naped Honeyeater, Melithreptus lunatus (above) and the Eastern Whip-bird Psophodes olivaceus (below).
  • The plant resembles a drawing in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra, which John Calaby has identified as representing the Handsome Wedge-pea Gompholobium grandiflorum. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 98.)
  • 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) General Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 15166
  • 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.