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Illustrations for 'The ornithology of Australia' series, ca. 1860-1875 / drawn by Silvester Diggles; and prints and hand coloured plates of 'The ornithology of Australia', 1863-1875

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PXE 1599/1-2

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Yezdz4W9

Illustrations for 'The ornithology of Australia' series, ca. 1860-1875 / drawn by Silvester Diggles; and prints and hand coloured plates of 'The ornithology of Australia', 1863-1875

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Illustrations for 'The ornithology of Australia' series, ca. 1860-1875 / drawn by Silvester Diggles; and prints and hand coloured plates of 'The ornithology of Australia', 1863-1875

Full title

Illustrations for 'The ornithology of Australia' series, ca. 1860-1875 / drawn by Silvester Diggles; and prints and hand coloured plates of 'The ornithology of Australia', 1863-1875

Date

ca. 1860-1875

Call Numbers

PXE 1599/1-2

Record Identifier

Yezdz4W9
Physical Description

Contents

15 drawings - 38.0 x 28.0 cm or smaller - watercolour, pencil

37 prints - 38.0 x 28.0 cm or smaller - 19 hand watercoloured

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Copying Conditions

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

PXE 1599/1
Fifteen original watercolours by Diggles in various sizes include:

1. Plate 16. Astur Radiatus (approximans) Radiated Goshawk
2. Turnix Melanogaster Black breasted Hemipode Male; T. Melanogaster Female; Turnix Varius Varied Hemipode (numbered 29 in pencil on verso)
3. Strix Tenebriosus Sooty Owl (numbered 32 in pencil on...

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Illustrations for 'The ornithology of Australia' series, ca. 1860-1875 / drawn by Silvester Diggles; and prints and hand coloured plates of 'The ornithology of Australia', 1863-1875

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CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Source

Presented by Rosa and Ruth Micheli via David Rollinson, September 2013

Administrative / Biographical history

Silvester Diggles (1817-1880) was born in Liverpool, England and became a naturalist, artist and musician. He arrived in Australia with his family in 1853 to Sydney and in 1855 moved to Brisbane where he became prominent in music and scientific circles, teaching both drawing and music and repairing musical instruments. He was a founding member of the Brisbane Choral Society established in 1859 and later in 1861, the Brisbane Philharmonic Society. Pious, he became an active member and leader in the New Jerusalem Church. Diggles was simultaneously scientifically minded, helping found the colony's first scientific institution the Queensland Philosophical Society, in 1859. His most consuming naturalist passions were ornithology and entomology. He is renowned for publishing The ornithology of Australia which was issued in 21 parts between 1863-1875. Each part contained six lithographed hand-coloured plates, imperial quarto size, accompanied by a page of descriptive text about the bird. Between 1863 and 1875, Diggles, made 325 detailed watercolour paintings depicting about 600 Australian land birds, as the preliminary artwork for his plates, held at Mitchell Library ML Ref: PXA 1525.

References:
Australian Dictionary of Biography
www.adb.anu.edu.au Accessed September 10, 2013...

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Call Numbers

PXE 1599/1-2

Record Identifier

Yezdz4W9

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https://collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/record/Yezdz4W9

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Reference code

1060959

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