C1834

1. Echidna Setosa. (The Bristly Echidna) 2. Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus. Blum. (The Paradox Animal of New Holland)

Artist:

Baron Cuvier (1769 - 1832)

ECHIDNA The first sighting and drawing of an Echidna was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, who had been third lieutenant on Bligh’s second voyage at Adventure Bay. “The only animals seen, were the Kangaroo, and a kind … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

1. Echidna Setosa. (The Bristly Echidna) 2. Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus. Blum. (The Paradox Animal of New Holland)

Date:

C1834

Artist:

Baron Cuvier (1769 - 1832)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

105mm 
x 190mm
AUTHENTICITY
1. Echidna Setosa. (The Bristly Echidna) 2. Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus. Blum. (The Paradox Animal of New Holland) - Antique Print from 1834

Genuine antique
dated:

1834

Description:

ECHIDNA

The first sighting and drawing of an Echidna was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, who had been 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 of three inches in length.”

By July 1792 George Shaw had provided the first scientific description and included 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

Platypus

The first description and known sighting was from a captured animal in November 1797 by David Collins on the Hawkesbury River. When the first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax and during the nineteenth century is was suspected that it lay eggs, but it was not until 1884 that final proof was obtained.

Common names             Platypus, duck-billed Platypus

Modern binomial name Ornithorhynchus anatinus
First described                Shaw 1799
Distribution                      SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD
Reference                        The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. p.36-38 ill.36,38

Artist:

Baron Cuvier 1769-1832

Cuvier, was a French naturalist, zoologist and a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing living animals with fossils. Cuvier’s work is considered the foundation of vertebrate paleontology, and he expanded Linnaean taxonomy by grouping classes into phyla and incorporating both fossils and living species into the classification. From his most famous work is Le Regne Animal (1817; English: The Animal Kingdom). In 1819, he was created a peer for life in honor of his scientific contributions. Thereafter, he was known as Baron Cuvier. He died in Paris during an epidemic of cholera.

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