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"Black-cheeked Flycatcher"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 257


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Bird, its body facing left and its head turned in profile to the right, perched on a tree stump on a green - yellow base against a plain background. The bird has a black crown with a yellow stripe across the eye and a black stripe below that, a white throat and belly and a yellow breast. The upper parts of the bird are predominantly yellow - brown overlaid with black hatched lines. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • The drawing is unsigned and undated
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "180.". 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 left "Black cheeked Flycatcher Sup. 2 - 226.". This has been copied in ink at lower left, "Black cheeked Flycatcher Latham Syn Suppt 2. p. 221.". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently described as "indeterminable" in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawing II. 12". 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.
  • A separate label is attached to the mount alongside the drawing at lower right. It is inscribed in pencil "Type indet."
  • 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 12257
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Latham, John. Supplement II to the General Synopsis of Birds. London: Leigh, Sotheby, 1802.
  • 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).
  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at lower left "Natural size July".