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"Bird and Flowers of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 45.9 x 32.1 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 63


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "BIRD & FLOWER'S of PORT JACKSON * Naural Size GEO: RapeR.# 1789".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1789.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left and right with the number "63", and on the reverse "67".
  • The bird was identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Eastern Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus.
  • 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 the Pyramid Flower Comesperma ericinum and the Slender Violet Hybanthus monopetalus. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 126 and 130.)
  • 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) General Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 15163
  • 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.