Spatula Variegata. Variegated Shoveller. Spatula Rhynchotis. Australian Shoveller.

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S/N: BOAB-1051–222632

Full Title:

Spatula Variegata. Variegated Shoveller. Spatula Rhynchotis. Australian Shoveller.




In good condition.


Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

x 260mm


Colour lithograph of shovellers, from Broinowski’s, Birds of Australia, one of the three most important C19th studies of Australian ornithology.

Common name: Australasian Shoveller
Binomial name: Spatula rhynchotis
First described: Latham 1801
Distribution: Australia wide

Common name: New Zealand Shoveller
Binomial name: Spatula rhynchotis variegata
First described: Gould 1856
Distribution: New Zealand

Reference: Ferguson 7458

National Library Australia: Bib ID 4222664
State Library NSW: Call Number TQ024258
State Library Victoria: RARESF 598.2994 B78B

Gracius Joseph Broinowski (1837 - 1913)

Broinowski was an artist and ornithologist, born in Poland and educated at Munich University where he studied classics, languages and art subjects. To avoid being conscripted into the Russian army, he went to Germany where a period of privation followed both on the Continent and in London, and about 1857 he joined a ship bound for Australia. Experiences at sea appear to have been very trying for him, so that he was glad to swim ashore at Portland, Victoria, and walk into the country. On that journey, according to his own record, he met with the only act of kindness he had received since leaving home: an elderly Scottish lady provided a meal and sent him on his way with 'new courage'. He worked in rural Victoria and later found employment with a firm of publishers in Melbourne; he then travelled widely in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, painting landscapes and scenes of various towns and promoting 'art unions' with his pictures as prizes. About 1863 at Richmond, Victoria, he married Jane Smith, daughter of the captain of a whaler. Settling in Sydney in 1880 he taught painting to private pupils and at colleges, lectured on art and exhibited at various showings of the Royal Art Society. He was then commissioned to supply the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales with pictures of Australian birds and mammals. In 1887 Broinowski issued his famous series The Birds of Australia.

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