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"Fish of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 31.4 x 37.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 64


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at the bottom "FISH of PORT JACKSON - Size - considerably Reduced GEO: RapeR.# 1789".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1789.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left and top right with the number "64", and on the reverse "66".
  • The fish has been identified by Whitley (1938) as a species of Snapper.
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the drawing to one in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. He identifies the snapper as Chrysophyrs auratus. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 164.) Fishbase lists Pagrus auratus as the accepted taxonomic name for this species.
  • 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) General Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 15164
  • Miss Eva Godman donated 1962
  • Data sheet available.
  • Whitley, G.P. 'Naturalists of the First Fleet', The Australian Museum Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 9, 1938 (pp.291-304).
  • Hindwood, K.A. 'George Raper: an Artist of the First Fleet', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 50, Pt. 1, 1964 pp.32-57.