Natural history

Image 31 of 508
  previous page next page

"Birds of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 47.6 x 32.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 43


hide detailed image description

Drawing of two birds perched on a tree stump looking towards a small flying insect at the centre left of the composition, against a plain background. The smaller bird at the top is depicted in left profile. It has a black head and breast, orange back, grey wing and black tail with grey tips, all overlaid with hatched lines in darker tones. The larger bird below is depicted with its body pointing to the right and its head turned to the left. It has a large black bill, a blue head with a black stripe around its neck, a blue wing, and pale yellow to white underparts overlaid with darker hatched lines. The tree stump is coloured blue-grey, pink, brown and grey, and shaded to the left. 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.


show notes