C1790

Banksian Cockatoo

Very early engraved C18th image of the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. The first sighting of the Red-tailed black Cockatoo was made on 4th July 1770 by Sydney Parkinson at Endeavour River while the ship the Endeavour was careened for repairs. A … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Banksian Cockatoo

Date:

C1790

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 230mm

Paper Size: 

223mm 
x 286mm
AUTHENTICITY
Banksian Cockatoo - Antique Print from 1790

Genuine antique
dated:

1790

Description:

Very early engraved C18th image of the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo.

The first sighting of the Red-tailed black Cockatoo was made on 4th July 1770 by Sydney Parkinson at Endeavour River while the ship the Endeavour was careened for repairs. A specimen was taken back to England by Joseph Banks and from this, the first scientific description was made by John Latham in 1790.

Common name: Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Banksian Cockatoo, Red-Tailed Cockatoo
Binomial name: Calyptorhynchus banksii
First described: Latham 1790
Distribution: Australian mainland.

Reference Readers Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page 274, ill. 274

From John White’s, Journal of a voyage to New South Wales.

Sarah Stone (1760 - 1844)

Known as Sarah Smith or Sarah Stone, she was the daughter of a professional fan painter and worked as a natural history illustrator in England between 1777 and 1820. Like many British artists she never travelled to the Southern Hemisphere, although she is best known for her depictions of Australian subjects. Stone was commissioned by some of the great eighteenth-century collectors, including Sir Ashton Lever and Sir Joseph Banks, to prepare watercolour drawings based on specimens of animals, birds and objects brought back to England by members of recent voyages of exploration. In many cases her drawings were the first studies of certain natural history species, a fact which makes them of considerable scientific interest. Some of her watercolours recording the collections of artefacts and natural history gathered on the voyages of Captain James Cook are among the treasures of the Australian Museum in Sydney and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. As Miss Stone, 'Honorary Exhibitor’, she exhibited four paintings at the Royal Academy in 1781 and 1786: two of birds, a peacock and a group of shells. As Mrs Smith, she showed a perspective view of Sir Ashton Lever’s Museum with the London Society of Artists at Leicester House in 1791 – previously exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1785.

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