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"Birds of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 47.6 x 32.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 43


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at bottom "BIRDS of PORT-JACKSON Natural Size - GEO: RapeR.# - 1790 ~".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR" and dated 1790.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "43", at bottom right "42", and on the reverse "35".
  • The birds were identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Red-backed Wren, Malurus melanocephalus and the Sacred Kingfisher, Halcyon sanctus. ITIS lists the current preferred name for this species as Todirhamphus sanctus.
  • 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 15143
  • 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.