C1821

Superb Warbler.

Artist:

John Latham (1740 - 1837)

Rare engraving of the Superb Fairy-wren by John Latham,  the Father of Australian Ornithology, and described by him from the specimen in Sir Ashton Museum. Leverianum. The first specimen of the Superb Fairy-wren was collected by William Anderson, surgeon and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Superb Warbler.

Date:

C1821

Artist:

John Latham (1740 - 1837)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

130mm 
x 180mm

Frame Size: 

380mm 
x 465mm
AUTHENTICITY
Superb Warbler. - Antique Print from 1821

Genuine antique
dated:

1821

Description:

Rare engraving of the Superb Fairy-wren by John Latham,  the Father of Australian Ornithology, and described by him from the specimen in Sir Ashton Museum. Leverianum.

The first specimen of the Superb Fairy-wren was collected by William Anderson, surgeon and naturalist on Captain James Cook’s third voyage in 1777 when it visited Adventure Bay, Tasmania. He named it Motacilla cyanea but did not live to publish his findings, these were described by his assistant William Ellis n 1782.

(5. MALURUSC YANEUS(E llis).–Motacilla cyanea Ellis (Narr., p.22, 1782). Figured by Ellis, pl. 137, “Van Diemens Land.”)

Modern common name Superb Fairy-wren, Superb Blue Wren, Fairy Wren

Modern binomial name Malurus cyaneus

First described Ellis 1782                                   

Distribution SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

Reference Reader’s Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986; Page: 436-437, ill.436 & 437.

From Latham’s A General History of Birds

Artist:

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.

Latham 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.

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