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"Parroquet and Flower of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 42.8 x 33.1 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 51

 

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Drawing of a bird perched on a tree stump against a plain background, with a detail of a flowering plant to the right. The bird is depicted in left profile and is predominantly coloured in shades of green tending towards yellow underneath with red patches on the chin, face and wing, overlaid with darker hatched lines and dotted crescent-shaped lines on the upper parts. The feathers of the wing are individually detailed, with black primaries edged with yellow. The tree stump is coloured with a pale grey-brown wash overlaid with darker contour-like brush marks, shaded to the right and set on a patch of ground represented by a pale brown wash overlaid with brown and grey serpentine brush marks. the plant has a blade-like leaf sheathing a brown stem with a terminal raceme of blue flowers. The flowers each have six petals which are slightly speckled, arranged around a centre which is black with yellow dots above and white with red dots below. The underside of the petals, or sepals, are striped with magenta and white. The drawing is framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and contains the title, signature and date. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.

 

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