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"Blue-cheeked Bee Eater"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [Between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 21.5 x 20.3 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 174


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom "one half the Natural size."
  • The drawing is signed beneath the tree stump "Thomas Watling, delt:", but is undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "95.". 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 at top in pencil "Blue cheeked Bee eater Sup. 2.154". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Blue cheeked Bee eater. Latham Syn Suppt 2.p.154". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Blue-faced Honeyeater, Entomyzon cyanotis in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • 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 12174
  • 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).