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"Shrub and Cockatoo of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 48.4 x 32.7 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 61

 

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Drawing of a cockatoo perched on a tree branch against a plain background, with a detail of a flowering shrub to the right and a pencil outline of a different flower to the left. The bird is depicted in frontal view with its head turned in profile to the right. It is predominantly coloured white, with a yellow crest on its head and yellow undersides to the wing and tail, and overlaid with grey hatched lines. The breast is patterned with dotted crescent-shaped lines, and the tail and primary feathers of the wing are indicated with hatched lines. The branch on which it is perched is coloured with a pale brown wash overlaid with grey and fawn brush marks. The plant on the right has narrow, linear pinnate leaves arranged alternately on a brown stem. The flowers have four pink petals, arranged round a black and white striped centre.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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