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"Velvet-faced Crow"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 20.9 x 19 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 142


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is signed at lower right in faded brown ink "Thom. Watling, delt.", but is undated.
  • It is annotated in ink at top right with the number "59.". 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 "Velvet faced Crow La MS", and at top right "Non Dest."[?]. This has been copied at bottom in brown ink, "Velvet-faced Crow. Lathams MS". ("Lathams MS" refers to the catalogue list compiled by John Latham - see above.)
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Cicada-bird, Edoliisoma tenuirostre (male), in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • 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 12142).
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available
  • 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).