Natural history

Image 1 of 508
  next page

"A View of the West side of Norfolk Island and the manner in which the crew and provisions were saved out of His Majesty's Ship the Sirius, taken from the West side of Turtle Bay after she was wreck'd"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca.1790?]
Dimensions: 30.9 x 38.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 22


show detailed image description


hide notes

  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "31", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • A separate label is attached to the mount alongside the drawing to the right. It is inscribed in pencil "A similar drawing is in "the Raper" Drawings" No. 22." (number 23 in the current numbering system). The Sirius was wrecked as it tried to land at Norfolk Island on 19th March 1790, and an eye-witness account of the event is given by the Captain of the Sirius, John Hunter, in An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (London, 1793).
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London).
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 12022
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988. (Plate 128, p. 123.)
  • Dixson, W. 'Some Early Picture of Sydney', The Royal Australian Historical Society Journal and Proceedings Vol. 19, 1923, pp. 198-204.