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"Brown Grakle"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.9 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 153

 

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Bird with body facing to the left and head turned in profile to the right, standing on a grassy mound, against a distant landscape of blue hills or mountains, and a blue and lilac sky. The bird is predomantly borwn, paler across the throat and legs. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at lower centre "New So. Wales" and at lower left "This drawing is about one third of the natural size".
  • The drawing is signed at lower right "Thomas Watling, delt.", but is undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "71.". 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 "Brown Grakle La MS - Non Dis". This has been copied in ink at lower centre "Brown Grakle Lathams MS". ("Lathams MS" refers to the manuscript catalogue list compiled by John Latham - see above.)
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Brown Song-Lark, Cincloramphus cruralis (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 12153
  • 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).