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"Birds of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [between 1788 and 1792]
Dimensions: 48 x 32.7 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 65


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Drawing of two birds perched on a tree stump against a plain background. The small bird on the left is depicted in right profile, and is predominantly orange-brown in colour overlaid with black markings on the upper parts. Its tail comprises two long erect feathers. The bird on the right is larger, with its body pointing left and its head turned to the right. It is predominantly brown with a white chin and belly, and overlaid with black crescent-shaped markings. The wing has a chestnut-brown patch, the tail is brown overlaid with grey hatched lines, and the legs are pink. 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 and signature. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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