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"Bird and Flowers of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 45.7 x 31.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 52


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at the bottom "BIRD & FLOWER'S of PORT JACKSON Natural Size GEO: RapeR.# 1789".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1789.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "52", at bottom right "51", and on the reverse "5".
  • The bird was identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Spur-winged Plover, Lobibyx novaehollandiae.
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the bird and both plants in this drawing to three separate drawings in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. He identifies the plant on the left as the Grassland Daisy, Brachycome angustifolia, but the one on the right remains unidentifiable. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 56, 90 and 94.)
  • 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 15152
  • 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.