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"Ruddy Warbler"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 16.6 x 19.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 277


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is signed at bottom centre "T. Watling, delt.", but is undated.
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at top right with the number "202."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 "Ruddy Warbler Sup 2. 249". This has been copied in ink along the right-hand edge reading from top to bottom "Ruddy Warbler Latham Syn Suppt. 249.". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Fantailed Cuckoo, Cacomantis pyrrhophanus in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing II. 57". 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 12277
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Latham, John. Supplement II to the General Synopsis of Birds. London: Leigh, Sotheby, 1802. (p. 249)
  • 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).