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142354
  • Title
    [Blue-faced honeyeater], ca. 1808 / by John Eyre
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SV/50
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    ca.1808 (dated from artist's time of arrival in Sydney in 1801 and his departure ca.1812)
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    142354
  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - 24.6 x 34.3 cm
  • Source
    Purchased Apr. 1997
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    For another example of Eyre's initials see "Sydney Cove" ca. 1806 DG ref. ZDG V1/75
    This drawing is close to John Lewin's etching of the same bird, "Blue face honey-sucker", which was first published in 1808 in Lewin's "Birds of New Holland". For an example of this etching see plate 4 in a later edition, "A natural history of the birds of New South Wales", 1822, ML ref. F598.2/L
    According to vendor, this drawing was removed from a copy of John Lewin's "A Natural history of the birds of New South Wales" (1822), where it was bound next to his plate "Blue face honey-sucker." The book was offered for sale in Christie's Rare Books & Manuscripts, 28 November 1996, Melbourne, lot 669 (the watercolour is illustrated in the catalogue).
    Colour transparency digitised 1999
    Digital order no:a1528413
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Initialled at lower right: IE
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