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Paintings of Australian birds, 1887 - 1918

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 278/7

Scope and Contents

Fifteen labelled but undated watercolours on gilt-edged card, each 105 x 165 mm.


  • Creation: 1887 - 1918

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Biographical / Historical

John Mitchell Cantle was born in Sydney on 24 Oct. 1849 and worked as an architectural draughtsman and railway surveyor. He developed a parallel career as an important early ornithological painter, illustrator, cartoonist and postcard designer, sketching from observation while employed by the railways in the bush around Sydney and eastern New South Wales. Cantle first exhibited his work in 1883, and between that date and 1918, created several hundred watercolour and gouache paintings of birds. He was associated with the Australian Museum, Sydney, producing illustrations of some of its specimens, including several non-Australian birds. Cantle died in Petersham, Sydney, on 11 June 1919.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : watercolour

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

good condition

Former / Other Reference

MSS/1 8

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by W.S. Walker.


This item level description was created by MJC.

Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate..


Cantle, John Mitchell, 1849-1919

Finding aid date

2004-02-03 15:04:07+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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