C1789

Black Flying Opossum

Rare c.18th engraving of the Greater Glider, made from drawings sent from Sydney Cove in 1788. Common names: Greater Glider, Greater Flying Phalanger, Dusky Glider Modern binomial name: Petauroides volans First described: Kerr 1792 Distribution: VIC, NSW, QLD From Phillip’s, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Black Flying Opossum

Date:

C1789

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 260mm

Paper Size: 

203mm 
x 270mm
AUTHENTICITY
Black Flying Opossum - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

Rare c.18th engraving of the Greater Glider, made from drawings sent from Sydney Cove in 1788.

Common names: Greater Glider, Greater Flying Phalanger, Dusky Glider
Modern binomial name: Petauroides volans
First described: Kerr 1792
Distribution: VIC, NSW, QLD

From Phillip’s, A Voyage to Botany Bay. 

References:
Crittenden, V. A Bibliography Of The First Fleet. ACT 1982: 180.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 47.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 1347.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 5.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 88934
British Library London: Shelfmark: C.47.i.10.
Royal Collection Trust UK: RCIN 1142204
Silent World Foundation, Sydney.: SKU SF000022
State Library New South Wales: D Q78/26
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 P54V

Peter Mazell (1759 - 1797)

Mazell was an Irish painter and engraver, working in London between c. 1761 and 1797. He is known for his fine engravings of natural history subjects, especially those illustrating books by John Walcott and the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. He created almost 600 engravings in his career. He also exhibited paintings of landscapes and of flowers. He exhibited at the Society of Artists and at the Royal Academy.

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