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    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 119

    Follower of George Raper, 19th Century

    Kookaburra 'Dacelo novaeguineae' and a Guinea flower 'Hibbertia'; and Blue-faced Honeyeater 'Entomyzon cyanotis', a Leafy Purple Flag 'Patersonia glabrata' and a Sundew 'Drosera'

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    Follower of George Raper, 19th Century
    Kookaburra 'Dacelo novaeguineae' and a Guinea flower 'Hibbertia'; and Blue-faced Honeyeater 'Entomyzon cyanotis', a Leafy Purple Flag 'Patersonia glabrata' and a Sundew 'Drosera'
    both with inscribed title 'BIRD and FLOWER of PORT JACKSON' along lower edge
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    12 3/8 x 10 1/8in. (31.5 x 25.7cm.) (2)


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    The original models for these ornithological studies were made by George Raper, the 20 year old Midshipman aboard HMS Sirius, flagship of the First Fleet to Australia. Having established the settlement at Port Jackson in 1788, the first Governor Captain Arthur Phillip despatched the Sirius to Cape Town for supplies as food had been running dangerously low due to the failure of crops planted in poor soil near Sydney Cove. Having taken on supplies in Cape Town the Sirius returned in mid April 1789, but was nearly shipwrecked in bad weather off the west coast of Van Diemen's Land. The storm damaged Sirius returned to Port Jackson for repair and it was probably at this time that Raper had the opportunity to make a number of paintings and sketches of birds in the vicinity of Port Jackson, which he later re-worked into watercolours dated 1789. These can be seen in the Natural History Museum, London.

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    Exhibited

    For the original works by George Raper see the First Fleet Art Work Collection, 'Raper Collection' No.57 and No.49 in the Natural History Museum, London