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"Reptile of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 31 x 47.1 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 42


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Drawing of a lizard in left profile, standing on an arid-looking patch of ground. The lizard has a prominent blue tongue protruding from its open mouth. Its body is coloured brown above and off-white below with vertical bands of brown extending half-way down its body, and some pink towards its belly. The scales are outlined in grey and shaded with gray wash. It is surrounded by a band of pale yellow wash overlaid with grey serpentine lines and grey hatched lines representing grass. The drawing occupies about one quarter of the sheet, with the quarter below and half above unpainted. It 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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