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"Blue-cheeked Thrush"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 28.4 x 20.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 224


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Bird, viewed from the back with its body turned slightly to the right and its head in profile facing left. It is perched on a tree stump on a green - grey base, against a plain background. The top of the bird's head is brown overlaid with black hatched lines, with a blue patch around the eye. The breast and belly are pale blue - white. The back is green, and the wings and tail brown, all overlaid with darker hatched lines. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at bottom "The blue part round the Eye is bare of Feathers, and resembles a soft silky leather 2/3 the Natural size.".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at top right with the number "145". 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-cheeked Thrush Sup. 2. 184". This has been copied in ink at bottom "Blue-cheeked Thrush. Latham Syn Suppt 2 p. 184.". 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).
  • A separate label is attached to the mount beneath the drawing. It is inscribed in pencil "Type".
  • 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 12224
  • 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).