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Garfish, 1770 / Sydney Parkinson
Bib ID 8149589
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline [still image, sheet]
Author
Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771 artist
 
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Description 1770 
1 painting : ink, watercolour on laid paper ; 7 x 35 cm 
Summary

"Sydney Parkinson was the first European artist to set foot on Australian soil and was therefore among the first to portray the landscape, peoples and flora and fauna of the continent from direct observation. Employed by Joseph Banks as natural history draughtsman on board HMB Endeavour with James Cook's first Pacific voyage (1768-1771), Parkinson's industry on the Endeavour voyage was extraordinary; producing at least 1300 drawings or sketches, before his death at sea on 26 January 1771."--Information from acquisitions documentation.

Biography/History

On 10 June, 1770, Endeavour was damaged after striking a shoal off the Great Barrier Reef. The men of the Endeavour spent six weeks undertaking necessary repairs near a river mouth, later named Endeavour River, on the country of the Guugu Yimithirr. It was the longest period that they spent on Australian shores. While there, Banks and his team took a number of excursions and collected a large assemblage of Australian flora. It also gave Parkinson an opportunity to observe and record the unusual flora and fauna of the area and the marine life at Endeavour River.--Information from acquisitions documentation.

Notes

Title from acquisitions documentation.

Image possibly a Barred Longtom, Ablennes hians--Information from reference source.

Inscriptions: "Garfish, Sydney Parkinson"--In ink upper left corner on reverse.

Condition: Spotting, yellowing and soiled.

PIC MSR 14/1/6 PIC Solander Box Small Items #PIC/20894 copy Also available online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2398041060

Source of Acquisition Purchased from Maggs Bros 2020. 
Subjects Endeavour (Ship)  |  Semionotiformes -- Australia -- Pictorial works.  |  Gars -- Australia -- Pictorial works.  |  Great Barrier Reef (Qld.) -- Discovery and exploration.
Other authors/contributors Banks, Joseph, 1743-1 820
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