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"Barred-tailed Flycatcher"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.1 x 17.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 268


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Bird in profile, facing to the right, perched on a branch against a plain background. The bird is predominantly brown overlaid with black hatched lines, but paler on the breast which is overlaid with grey. The tail has a black bar across it and white tips. 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 "natural size. The wings are too small for the Body. It is found in the grass, and a Bird of short flight.".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "191.". 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 "Barred tailed Flycatcher La MS". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Barred tailed Flycatcher. Latham. MS.". "Latham MS" refers to the manuscript catalogue list compiled by John Latham (see note above).
  • This bird was more recently described as "indeterminable" 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 12268
  • 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).