Delma Frazeri. [Delma inornata], Frazer's Delma.


Title:
Delma Frazeri. [Delma inornata], Frazer's Delma.
Date:
C1888
Artist:
John James Wild (1824-1900)
Image Size:
215mm x 140mm (8.46" x 5.51")
Condition:
In good condition
Technique:
Lithograph printed in colour.
Price:

Availability: In stock

$A 45
Stock Number:
ZOV 153 REPT (NTL) (DRW05)
Description:
Modern Common Name: Gulfs delma, olive legless lizard and patternless delma)
Modern Binomial Name: Delma inornata
Distribution: Australia wide

Rare lithograph from Frederick McCoy's, "Natural history of Victoria; Prodromus of the zoology of Victoria; or figures and descriptions of the living species of all classes of the Victorian indigenous animals".

Biography:

John James Wild (1824-1900)

Born Jean Jacques Wild in Zurich, Switzerland in 1824, John James Wild taught languages in Belfast and Ireland, where he met his wife, Elizabeth Ellen Mullin.

Wild was appointed to the position of artist and secretary to the 1872-76 Challenger expedition. This first global investigation of the ocean's depths established the discipline of oceanography as a collaborative and interdisciplinary science.

The most significant contribution by Wild to the many volumes associated with the expedition was Thalassa; an essay on the depth, temperature and currents of the Ocean, for which he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich. He also published an illustrated popular account of his travels, At Anchor, in which he described Melbourne and produced engravings of Port Philip Heads and the Mountain Ash forests.

Despite these impressive accomplishments Wild was curiously unsuccessful in finding a position fitting his extraordinary range of expertise, after emigrating to Melbourne in 1881. Having applied, again without success, for appropriate work in New Zealand, he patched together a living in Melbourne, lecturing in modern languages and literature at Trinity College, working as an examiner in French and German matriculation, and as a secretary and artist.

In the Challenger's floating laboratory, Wild had used dissection and the microscope extensively to describe and illustrate marine specimens. Frederick McCoy clearly saw the potential of this experience to elevate the scientific sophistication in his own publications.

Engaged to create lithographs of both terrestrial and marine animals, Wild's Prodromus pages were carefully planned and tightly conceived. His images are notable for their precision and formal clarity.

Deep appreciation for geometric patterns in nature is obvious in Wild's depiction of the radial symmetrical of animals such as Echinoderms. His portrayals of marine invertebrates were generally more convincing than those of higher forms, especially where he was tempted to place animals in a semi-realistic tableau.

A frugal artist, Wild characteristically drew on both sides of paper and took particular care to fit as much information as possible onto each page, giving many compositions a crowded appearance.

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