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  • Title
    [King Parrot, Eastern Rosella and Musk lorikeet], ca. 1820 : watercolour of three birds by Richard Read
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1142
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1820
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - 63.2 x 48.7 cm
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Possibly by Read or his son, also called Richard (1796-1862)
    Identity of artist is unclear. The size & composition of the drawing is similar to signed works by Richard Read Junior (see "Rock Lily of New South Wales" at ML 1341) but the inscriptions on the reverse of the drawing are more appropriate to his father Richard Read Senior (c. 1765-?), who was transported for fourteen years for knowingly possessing forged notes. He arrived in the colony in 1813
    Colour transparency digitised 1999
    Digital order no:Album ID : 873626
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    The 3 separate labels fixed to the reverse of the original backing board are now at SV/53
    The first label reads "This picture was painted & sent home to my father, by a gentleman convicted of forgery & transported to penal servitude for life, at Botany Bay. in gratitude for his kindness when employed as Counsel for his defence, although he was unsuccessful in averting the conviction. Somewhere about 1826 / The birds are three kinds of Australian Parroquets / S J Simeon"
    The second label reads "This group of Australian birds was done by a convict at Botany Bay & sent home to my father about 1820 [word missing] gratitude for legal assistance [word missing] kindness"
    The third label reads "This was done before 1820 by a Gentleman, who was transported to Botany Bay for forgery - My Father had defended him [last four lines of inscription illegible]"
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    A Rage for Curiosity - State Library of New South Wales (1 September, 1997 - 11 January, 1998)
    Lewin: Wild Art
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