C1803

Psittacus Fringe Crested Cockatoo

Artist:

Lieutenant-general Thomas Davies (1737 - 1812)

The first illustration of the Gang-Gang from the account and specimen collected from Churchill Island in 1801 by James Grant (1772-1833) during his survey of Western Port, in the Lady Nelson. The specimen was sent to Thomas Davies a military … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Psittacus Fringe Crested Cockatoo

Date:

C1803

Artist:

Lieutenant-general Thomas Davies (1737 - 1812)

Engraver:

Samuel John Neele 
1758)

Condition:

Light offsetting, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

205mm 
x 265mm

Frame Size: 

440mm 
x 490mm
AUTHENTICITY
Psittacus Fringe Crested Cockatoo - Antique Print from 1803

Genuine antique
dated:

1803

Description:

The first illustration of the Gang-Gang from the account and specimen collected from Churchill Island in 1801 by James Grant (1772-1833) during his survey of Western Port, in the Lady Nelson.

The specimen was sent to Thomas Davies a military officer, naturalist and artist who was elected in 1781 a fellow of the Royal Society. Lieutenant James Grant was given command of the Lady Nelson with the instructions to sail her to Sydney and hand her over to Matthew Flinders. He left Portsmouth on 17 March 1800 and while at Cape Town Grant received additional orders to search and sail through the recently discovered Bass Strait from the west. He made landfall on the Victorian coast near Mt Schank and Mt Gambier which he named and proceeded to chart the coast to Wilson’s Promontory. He sailed through Bass Strait becoming the first to do so from west to east and confirming a new route for shipping to the east coast and so avoid having to sailing south around Van Diemen’s Land. He also gave names to, Cape Banks, Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Cape Sir William Grant, Lawrence Islands, Lady Julia Percy Island, Portland Bay, Cape Otway, Cape Patton, Cape Danger, Governor King’s Bay, Cape Liptrap, King George’s Sound and Glennies Island.

Modern common name Gang-gang Cockatoo

Modern binomial name Callocephalon fimbriatum

First described Grant 1803

Distribution VIC, ACT & NSW

Reference Readers Digest Book of Birds 1982 second edition Page: 280, ill. 280

From Grant, The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, performed in His Majesty’s Vessel The Lady Nelson, of sixty tons burthen, with sliding keels, in the years 1800, 1801, and 1802, to New South Wales.

Biography:

Thomas Davies (1737-1812)

Thomas was a military officer, naturalist and artist born in Shooter’s Hill (London), England.

Davies began military service at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1755 where he also received training in topographic drawing to provide detailed and accurate drawings. By 1757, he became second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery and began service abroad in Canada .He spent a number of years fighting in the French and Indian Wars there as well as returning from Enland to fight in the War of Independence.  After the war, he received several promotions and was assigned to command posts in Gibraltar, the West Indies, and Canada.In 1799, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery. His last promotion was to the rank of Lieutenant-general in 1803.

In 1781, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and was also a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, contributing several articles, especially on the ornithology of Australia. In 1800, he was the first to illustrate and describe the Superb Lyrebird in the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 

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