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Maenura Superba [Lyre Bird]
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802. Handcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm.; good, mounted. After Thomas Watling. Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird.The present engraving which was published in David Collins' An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales (see catalogue no. XX) is thought to be after a sketch by the convict artist Thomas Watling. Watling arrived on board the Royal Admiral in October 1792, whereupon he was assigned to the surgeon John White as an artist. When White left the colony in 1794 Watling was attached to the Judge Advocate General David Collins, and it is known that many - if not all - of the plates in Collins' work were after his originals. In the text accompanying the lyre bird plate it merely comments that it is 'from the pencil of a capital artist.'.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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