Echidna


Title:
Echidna
Date:
C1800
Artist:
Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch. (1747-1822)
Image Size:
205mm x 175mm (8.07" x 6.89")
Condition:
In good condition.
Technique:
Copper engraving with original hand colouring.
Price:

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Stock Number:
BFKI 095 ANI AA (NHT) (DRW01)
Description:
A superb early engraved print of an Echidna.


The first sighting and drawing was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, third lieutenant on Bligh's second voyage at Adventure Bay. 'The only animals seen, were the Kangaroo, and a kind of sloth about the size of a roasting pig with a proboscis two or three inches in length'  By July 1792 George Shaw had provided the first scientific description and including it among the giant anteaters, Myrmecophaga, of South America. Several other names were proposed and found to be invalid before Illger coined the name Tachyglossus in 1811.

Modern common names: Short-beaked Echidna, Echidna, Spiny Anteater or Porcupine.
Modern binomial name: Tachyglossus aculeatus
First described: Shaw 1792
Distribution: Australia wide (mainland).

Reference: The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 39-43, ill. 30-31, 39-43

Biography:

Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch (1747-1822)

A successful entrepreneur and a man of the C18th Enlightenment. Orphaned at 15 he lived with his uncle and pursued an education in theology and law. He eventually became a publisher and the largest employer in his home town of Weimar. This image is from the first pictorial encyclopaedia for children which was a landmark in educational publishing.

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