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"American Avoset"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 17.9 x 14.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 334


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Bird in profile, facing to the right, its long neck bent so that the bill is pointing downwards. It is depicted standing on a green to yellow mound surrounded by water, which is represented by a gradated wash of pale blue-grey through pale yellow and pink to pale blue-grey, overlaid in the foreground with short horizontal grey lines. The bird has a red-brown head and neck, white back and underparts, and black wing, rump and tail, with a pale yellow strip on the wing. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil


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