C1800

Aculeated Ant-Eater.

Artist:

George Shaw (1751 - 1813)

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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Aculeated Ant-Eater.

Date:

C1800

Artist:

George Shaw (1751 - 1813)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

150mm 
x 60mm

Paper Size: 

225mm 
x 150mm
AUTHENTICITY
Aculeated Ant-Eater. - Antique Print from 1800

Genuine antique
dated:

1800

Description:

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

 

Biography:

George Shaw (1751-1813)

English naturalist who was educated at Oxford and took up the profession of medical practitioner. In 1786 he became the assistant lecturer in botany at Oxford University. and was the co-founder with Frederick Nodder of the Linnean Society in 1788. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1789. In 1791 Shaw became assistant keeper of the natural history department at the British Museum. 

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