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"Fishes of Norfolk Island"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 49.3 x 32.6 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 40


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "FISHES of NORFOLK-ISLAND, Natural Size 1790 -".
  • The drawing is signed at lower right "GEO: RapeR.#~" an dated 1790.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "40", at bottom right "39", and on the reverse "38".
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the drawing to two separate drawings in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra, except that the top two fish in Raper's drawing are depicted hanging from fish hooks in Hunter's drawing. Calaby identifies the fish as Sandager's Wrasse Coris sandageri, the Yellow-green Wrasse Thalassoma lutescens and the Banded Snake-eel Elopsopis cyclorhinus. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 168 and 170.) Fishbase lists current names as Coris sandeyeri and Elapsopis cyclorhinus.
  • 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 15140
  • Miss Eva Godman donated 1962
  • Data sheet available.
  • 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.