C1790

A Kangaroo

Rare c.18th engraving of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. The description from surgeon John White’s Journal stated “This animal (probably from its size) was the principal one taken notice of in this island the only parts at first brought home were … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Kangaroo

Date:

C1790

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

175mm 
x 226mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Kangaroo - Antique Print from 1790

Genuine antique
dated:

1790

Description:

Rare c.18th engraving of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.

The description from surgeon John White’s Journal stated “This animal (probably from its size) was the principal one taken notice of in this island the only parts at first brought home were some skins and sculls and I was favoured with one of the sculls from Sir Joseph Banks…”

Modern binomial name: Macropus giganteus
First described: Shaw 1790
Distribution: Eastern Australia SA., Vic, TAS, NSW, QLD.

The first illustration of a “Kangaroo” drawn from an Australian species, is acknowledged as that drawn by George Stubb’s from a specimen collected at Endeavour River in 1770 by James Cook’s crew while the Endeavour was being careened. The subsequent engraving was published in 1773, in the official accounts of the voyage of the Endeavour. That iconic image captured the public’s imagination for over sixty years and was the first depiction of any Australian animal in western art. The first sighting of a kangaroo in fact was an earlier one, by Francis Pelsaert of &quotthe teeming &quotcats&quot on 15th November, 1629 on the Abrolhos Islands where the Batavia had been wrecked. The first illustration of a Macropod was made prior to the Stubb’s illustration, titled ‘Kangaron’ and made on 15th November 1629 by Matthys Pool and described by Cornelis de Bruyn in &quotReizen over Moskovie door Persie en Indie&quot, 1714 but the animal depicted was not an Australian species but Thylogale brunii (Dusky Pademelon), a Filander native to New Guinea.

From John White’s, Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 97.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 1858.
Nissen, C. Die illustrierten Vogelbucher. Stuttgart 1995 ZBI 4390.
Abbey, J.R. Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860. London 1972 605.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987 17.
Crittenden, V. A Bibliography Of The First Fleet. ACT 1982 248.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 87340
State Library New South Wales: Call Number: MRB/Q991/2A2
National Gallery Victoria: Accession Number2012.31
State Library Victoria: CCF 919.44 W58
National Museum of Australia: Object number 2007.0035.0001

Charles Catton jnr (1756 - 1819)

Catton was an English topographical artist, illustrator and theatrical scene-painter, was born in London, the son of Charles Catton the elder. He received art tuition from his father and also studied at the Royal Academy schools. He travelled extensively through England and Scotland, making sketches, some of which were afterwards engraved and published. He was known as a scene-painter for the theatre, and also as a topographical artist. In 1775, at the Royal Academy, he exhibited a View of London from Blackfriars Bridge, and one of Westminster from Westminster Bridge. In 1804, he emigrated to America and settled in a farm on the River Hudson with his two daughters and a son. There he lived until his death, painting occasionally. He is said to have "acquired wealth"' through his painting. Catton died on 24 April 1819.

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