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"Red-bellied Flycatcher"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 30.3 x 15.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 252

 

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Two birds are depicted in this drawing, the male in the top half of the sheet and the female in the lower half, against a plain background. The male bird is seen from a slightly frontal view, its body turned to the left, and is perched on a branch with some foliage attached. The upper parts of the bird are predominantly black with a grey forehead, and white patches on the wing and tail. the breast is red and the belly white. The female bird is seen in profile facing to the left, also perched on a branch with some foliage attached. The bird's upper parts are brown overlaid with black hatched lines, except for the grey forehead and white patches on the wing. The breast is red and the belly white. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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