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"Blue and White Crow", native name "Mur-re-gan"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 144


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at lower left "one half the Natural size Native name, Mur-re-gan.".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "61.". 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 "Blue & white Crow Supp 2 117". This has been copied in ink at lower right, "Blue and White Crow Lathams Syn Suppt. 2 p 117.". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Magpie-Lark, Grallina cyanoleuca in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • A separate label attached to the mount alongside the drawing to the lower right is inscribed in pencil "Type", which is underlined.
  • 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 12144
  • 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).