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"Parrot and flowers of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 46.8 x 32.1 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 55

 

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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "PARROT & FLOWER'S of PORT-JACKSON - Natural Size - GEO: RapeR #. 1790 ~".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1790.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "55", and on the reverse "8".
  • The bird was identified by Hindwood (1964) as the King Parrot Aprosmictus scapularis. ITIS lists Alisterus scapularis as the current preferred taxonomic name for this species.
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the plants in this drawing to two separate drawings in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. He identifies the plants as Milkmaids, Burchardia umbellata and a species of Yellow-eyed Grass, Xyris sp.. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 142 and 150.)
  • 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 15155
  • 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.