image grant j_new south wales_1803_plate 2
Image number: RS.13568
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Gang-gang cockatoo

Date

1803

Creator

Samuel John Neele (1753-1824, British), Engraver

After

Thomas Davies (b.1727, British), Draughtsman

Object type

Library reference

RCN42189

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 272mm
width (print): 215mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Gang-gang cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum, described here as the Fringe crested cockatoo Psittacus fimbriatus. The bird, a native of Australia, is shown perched on a low-lying branch.

Plate 2 from the book The narrative of a discovery…performed in his Majesty’s vessel the Lady Nelson…to New South Wales, by James Grant (London, for T. Egerton, 1803).

The plate is inscribed below: ‘PSITTACUS FIMBRIATUS FRINGE CRESTED COCKATOO. From New South Wales in the Museum of Major General Davies, to whom this plate is respectfully inscribed by James Grant, Lieutenant Royal Navy. S.I.Neele sc. 352 Strand. Published July 1st 1803 by T. Egerton, Whitehall.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘we were fortunate enough however to fall in with some rare and uncommon cockatoos, one of which Mr. Barreillier shot, and a faithful representation of it will be found in the annexed Plate, after a design from the elegant pencil of Major-General Davies of the Royal Artillery, to whom Governor King presented the preserved specimen.’

Thomas Davies (c.1737-1812) British army officer and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1781.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia