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Record title

Common Waxbill, 1782 and Lyrebird watercolours / by Sarah Stone

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PXD 1354

Record identifier

94RxZd01

Common Waxbill, 1782 and Lyrebird watercolours / by Sarah Stone

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Common Waxbill, 1782 and Lyrebird watercolours / by Sarah Stone

Full title

Common Waxbill, 1782 and Lyrebird watercolours / by Sarah Stone

Date

ca. 1782-1806

Call Numbers

PXD 1354

Record Identifier

94RxZd01

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Contents

2 drawings - 50.1 x 32.0 cm, 43.5 x 30.3 cm - watercolour, Indian ink

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Out of copyright : Creator died before 1955

Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Contents

The Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild), also known as the St Helena Waxbill and Lyrebird (Menura superba) are delicately illustrated perched on tree branches, in a typical natural history scientific style. Stone is likely to have drawn these watercolours from specimens in Sir Ashton Lever's collection. This is supported by the listing of a Waxbill a...

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Common Waxbill, 1782 and Lyrebird watercolours / by Sarah Stone

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NOTES

Signature / Inscriptions

Waxbill signed and dated 'Sarah Stone 1782' lower left of image. Lyrebird unsigned and undated.

Date note

The Waxbill drawing is dated by the artist. While both drawings are on the same unwatermarked paper stock, the Lyrebird is likely to have been completed years later. This is supported by the dates and locations of Captain Cook's explorations in Australia, and the corresponding dates of the Lyrebirds as additions to Sir Ashton Lever's collections -...

Conservation note

Foxing on Waxbill paper stock, May 2013

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Source

Purchased from Sotheby's Melbourne, as a single lot, Lot 63, May 2013

Administrative / Biographical history

Sarah Stone is one of the most highly regarded natural history artists from the second half of the 18th century. She exhibited with the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Artists. She made drawings from a set of Australian specimens sent to England from NSW by Surgeon John White. The drawings were engraved and published in John White's 'Journal...

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PXD 1354

Record Identifier

94RxZd01

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1043451

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