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"Pied Flycatcher"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 15.6 x 14.9 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 267


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Bird in profile, facing to the left, perched on a branch against a plain background. The bird's head and upper parts are predominantly black, with white patches at the base of the wing and neck, and white markings on the wing and til feathers. The underparts are white-grey. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom "Half the Natural Size.".
  • The drawing is signed under the bird's tail "Thos. Watling, delt.", but is undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "190.". This refers to the catalogue list compiled by John Latham c. 1801 which was acquired with the drawings, and is filed with them at the end of the Watling Drawings series.
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Pied Flycatcher - La MS". This has been copied in ink at bottom "Pied Flycatcher Latham MS". "Latham MS" refers to the manuscript catalogue list compiled by John Latham (see note above).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Hooded Robin, Petroica cucullata (male) in Hindwood K. A. (1970). (ITIS gives Melanodryas cucullata as the preferred taxonomic name for the Hooded Robin.)
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing III. 14". This refers to a related set of drawings from the collections of the 13th Earl of Derby, held in the Library at Knowsley Hall, Lancashire.
  • 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 reference number 12267
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Mathews, G.M. and Iredale, T. 'Thomas Watling, Artist', The Austral Avian Record Vol. 5, pt. No. 1 pp.22-32, 1922.
  • Hindwood K. A. 'The "Watling" drawings with incidental notes on the "Lambert" and the "Latham" drawings', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for the years 1968-69 (1970).