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"Birds of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [between 1788 and 1792]
Dimensions: 48 x 32.7 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 65


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed in black ink at the bottom "BIRDS of PORT-JACKSON - Natural Size - GEO: RapeR # ~".
  • The drawing is signed "GEO: RapeR", but is undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left and right with the number "65", and on the reverse "65".
  • The birds were identified by Hindwood (1964) as the Emu Wren Stipiturus malachurus and the Ground Thrush Oreocincla lunulata. The current preferred name for the latter species is Zoothera lunulata.
  • John Calaby notes the similarity of the bird on the left to a drawing in the sketchbook by John Hunter in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. (Calaby, John (ed). The Hunter Sketchbook. Melbourne, National Library of Australia, 1989 p. 96.)
  • 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 15165
  • 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.