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"Red-bellied Flycatcher"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 30.3 x 15.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 252

 

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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink to the right of the bird in the top half of the sheet "Male", to the right of the bird in the lower half of the sheet "Female", and at bottom "Natural size of both Birds. They are more numerous at N Island than at Port Jackson. March." [N Island = Norfolk Island.]
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "174.". 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 "Red-bellied Flycatcher Syn 3 343 Pl 50". at lower left "Red-bellied Flycatcher Latham Syn Vol 3. p. 343. Pl 50." The page reference is to Volume 3 of Latham's General Synopsis of Birds (1781-5).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing II. 17." . 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 12252
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Latham, John. A General Synopsis of Birds. London: Benjamin White, 1781-5.
  • 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).