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"The Melancholy Loss of His Majesty's Ship Sirius, Wreck'd on Norfolk Island, on Friday Noon March 19th 1790"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1790]
Dimensions: 31.8 x 47.5 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 22


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  • George Raper]
  • The drawing is inscribed with the title at bottom, "THE MELANCHOLY LOSS of His Majesty's Ship SIRIUS, WRECK'D on NORFOLK ISLAND, on Friday Noon March 19th 1790 * taken from the Flag Staff on the Beach."
  • The drawing is signed and dated at lower right in the inner band of the border "GEO: RapeR.# 1790 -".
  • The drawing is inscribed in pencil at bottom left with the number "22", at top right "21", and on the reverse "19".
  • The Sirius was wrecked as it tried to land at Norfolk Island on 19th March 1790. An eye-witness account of the event is given by the Captain, John Hunter, in An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (London, 1793).
  • 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 order number 15122
  • 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.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988 (pl.126, p.121).