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"Birds of Norfolk Island"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 48.4 x 32.5 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 69


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at the bottom, in the outer band of the border, "BIRDS of NORFOLK ISLAND Natural Size - GEO: RapeR # 1790 ~".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1790.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at lower left and right with the number "69", and on the reverse "61".
  • The birds were identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor (male), and the Grey-headed Blackbird Turdus poliocephalus.
  • Raper was stranded on Norfolk Island following the wrecking of the Sirius on 19th March 1790, returning to Port Jackson in the Supply on 11th February 1791. An account of this time can be found in Hunter, John, An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (London, 1793), pp.171-201.
  • 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 15169
  • 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.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988 (pl.185, p.173).