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"Gold-winged Bee-eater", native name "Goo-gwar-ruck"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 38.9 x 26.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. LS15


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Bird perching on a branch of a tree stump. It is depicted in back view, with its head turned in profile to the right, with its wings slightly raised and its tail fanned. The tree is white with grey shading to the left and overlaid with grey and black serpentine lines, with some green foliage. It is standing on a base composed of a grey-green wash with tufts of grass. The bird is predominantly brown in colour overlaid with black hatched lines and grey tips to some of the feather on the back, wings and tail, and orange patches on the wings. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in pencil and brown ink, and has a separate sheet of notes attached to the mount below the drawing.


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