C1789

Red Shouldered Parrakeet

A superb hand coloured engraving of the first printed image (1789) of the Swift Parrot. Modern common name: Swift parrot Modern binomial name: Lathamus discolor First described: White 1790 Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD From Phillip, A. Governor Arthur … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Red Shouldered Parrakeet

Date:

C1789

Engraver:

 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 255mm

Paper Size: 

211mm 
x 280mm
AUTHENTICITY
Red Shouldered Parrakeet - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

A superb hand coloured engraving of the first printed image (1789) of the Swift Parrot.

Modern common name: Swift parrot
Modern binomial name: Lathamus discolor
First described: White 1790
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD

From Phillip, A. Governor Arthur Phillip’s Voyage to Botany Bay. London

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 47.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987 #5. pp.59-64, pp.127-128, p.345-5, ill. p.63.
McCormick, T. First Views of Australia 1788-1825. Sydney 1987.

Collections:
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 P54V
National Gallery Victoria: Bib ID 1807715
British Library London: Shelfmark: C.47.i.10.
Royal Collection Trust UK: RCIN 1142204
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VvA2Z8rj5O
State Library South Australia: Special Collection 994.402 P557 b
State Library of Western Australia: Call no: Q 994.02 PHI
State Library Queensland: RBQ 919.404 VOY

Peter Mazell (1759 - 1797)

Mazell was an Irish painter and engraver, working in London between c. 1761 and 1797. He is known for his fine engravings of natural history subjects, especially those illustrating books by John Walcott and the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. He created almost 600 engravings in his career. He also exhibited paintings of landscapes and of flowers. He exhibited at the Society of Artists and at the Royal Academy.

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John Latham (1740 - 1837)

Latham is considered to be the Father of Australian Ornithology for the scientific descriptions he provided for birds sent from the convict colony of Sydney Cove in 1788. He studied anatomy under the surgeon John Hunter and after practicing medicine and making his fortune he retired from practice in 1796 devoting his life to ornithology. He became the leading English ornithologist of his day, a time that coincided with the discovery of Australia's east coast by James Cook and the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay. Ann Latham (1772-1835) Ann was John Latham's daughter, and she assisted her father in painting birds, mammals and butterflies for her father. She also recorded the first Australian bird species sent to London. The watercolours were made before her marriage in 1795 to a surgeon in Winchester. After 1795 Ann stopped helping her father.

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