C1853

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

Colonial period engraving of an Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.    Common names: Sulphur Crested Cockatoo  Binomial name: Cacatua galeritaFirst described: Latham 1790Distribution: Australia wideReference: RDBOB 82, ill.282 From Bicknell’s, Natural History of the Sacred Scriptures, and Guide to General Zoology.

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Full Title:

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

Date:

C1853

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving with one tint,

Image Size: 

97mm 
x 137mm

Paper Size: 

122mm 
x 165mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. - Antique Print from 1853

Genuine antique
dated:

1853

Description:

Colonial period engraving of an Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.   

Common names: Sulphur Crested Cockatoo 
Binomial name: Cacatua galerita
First described: Latham 1790
Distribution: Australia wide
Reference: RDBOB 82, ill.282

From Bicknell’s, Natural History of the Sacred Scriptures, and Guide to General Zoology.

Biography:

Helena Forde (1832-1910) (nee Scott) and her sister Harriet Scott (1830-1907)

Were born in the Rocks area of Sydney to Harriet Calcott, daughter of an ex-convict, and Alexander Walter Scott, a wealthy man who would become known in the colony as an entomologist, grazier and entrepreneur. Helena and Harriet (known as the Scott sisters) were two of 19th century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators and possibly the first professional female illustrators in the country.

In 1846, Harriet and Helena, then aged 16 and 14, moved from Sydney to the isolated Ash Island in the Hunter River estuary with their mother, Harriet Calcott, and father, entomologist and entrepreneur Alexander Walker Scott.

There, surrounded by unspoiled native vegetation and under the inspiring tutelage of their artistic father, their shared fascination with the natural world grew. For almost 20 years, the sisters lived and worked on the island, faithfully recording its flora and fauna, especially the butterflies and moths.

The sisters continued to draw and paint commercially for the rest of their lives. Harriet drew botanical illustrations for the 1879, 1884 and 1886 editions of the Railway Guide to New South Wales, and they both executed designs for Australia’s first Christmas cards in 1879. Harriet died at Granville, NSW in 1907 and Helena in 1910. 

 Reference; Australian Museum.

 

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