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"Southern Oriole"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 21 x 18.2 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 149

 

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Bird in profile, facing to the left, perched on a branch against a plain background. The bird has a pale brown bill from which a forked tongue protrudes. The head and back are olive green, slightly grey beneath the eye, and covered with darker flecks. The breast and belly are white with dark grey flecks. The wing and tail feathers are grey overlaid with darker hatched lines and white highlights. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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