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"Banksian Cockatoo", native name "Karratt"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [Between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 36.8 x 23.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 139


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Bird in profile, facing to the right, perched on a branch against a plain background. The bird has a crested head and is predominantly black, with red tail feathers. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom, in varying hands, "the length of this Bird from the top of his head to the tip of his tail 2 feet 5 i. the extent of the Wings from tip to tip 4 feet", "Native name Karratt, the most common Genus in New South Wales." (in brown ink); and at bottom right "Banksian Cockatoo".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "54.". 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 "Banksian Cockatoo. Sup ii. 21 Var B". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Banksian Cockatoo Latham Syn Supp ii p 21 Var B" (underlined in pencil). The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus (male) in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawings I. 20". This refers to a related set of drawings from the collections of the 13th Earl of Derby, held in the Library at Knowsley Hall, Lancashire.
  • The drawing is also annotated on the reverse in brown ink at top right "Native name Karrot the commonest Genus in N.S.".
  • 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 12139
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available
  • Latham, John. Supplement II to the General Synopsis of Birds. London: Leigh, Sotheby, 1802.
  • 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).