Maenura Superba [Lyre Bird]. THOMAS WATLING, Samuel John NEELE.

Maenura Superba [Lyre Bird].

London: Cadell and Davies, 1802.

Handcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm. mounted.

After Thomas Watling

Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird.

Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird.
The present engraving which was published in 1802 in David Collins' An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales and is after a sketch by the convict artist Thomas Watling.
Thomas 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 employed by the Judge Advocate General David Collins, and it is known that many - if not all - of the plates in Collins' work foundation book were after his original drawings. In the text accompanying this lyre bird engraving it merely comments that it is 'from the pencil of a capital artist.'

Price (AUD): $1,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #2908533

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