C1791

[Dingo] The New South Wales Wolf.

Rare wood engraving of the Dingo from Thomas Bewick’s famous series, A General History of Quadrupeds. The first report of a “wild dog” in Australia was by the Dutchman, Jan Cartenzoon near Cape Keer, Queensland 8 May 1623. “went ashore … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Dingo] The New South Wales Wolf.

Date:

C1791

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

80mm 
x 55mm

Paper Size: 

138mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Dingo] The New South Wales Wolf. - Antique Print from 1791

Genuine antique
dated:

1791

Description:

Rare wood engraving of the Dingo from Thomas Bewick’s famous series, A General History of Quadrupeds.

The first report of a “wild dog” in Australia was by the Dutchman, Jan Cartenzoon near Cape Keer, Queensland 8 May 1623. “went ashore myself with 10 musketeers we saw numerous footprints of men and dogs (running from south to north) we accordingly spent some time there, following the footprints to a river…we also saw great numbers of dogs, herons and curlews..”.

The first printed illustration of the Dingo appeared in Phillip’s, A Voyage to Botany Bay.

Common names: Dingo, Wild Dog or Warrigal.
Modern binomial name: Canis lupus dingo Recent synonyms Canis dingo

First described: Meyer 1793
Distribution: Australia wide (mainland)

References:
Stanbury, P. & Phipps, G. Australia's Animals Discovered. Sydney 1980: p.41.

Thomas Bewick (1753 - 1828)

Thomas Bewick ( 1753 - 1828) Thomas Bewick, wood engraver, artist and naturalist, born at Cherryburn House, Ovingham, Northumberland. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to Ralph Beilby, the owner of an engraving business in Newcastle upon Tyne where was instructed in all the skills necessary to excel in the engraving business,. Beilby soon recognised Bewick's talent for woodcut engraving. He was set to work on a number of book illustrations, including children’s books such as Tommy Trip’s History of Beasts and Birds, Fables by the late Mr Gay and Select Fables for Thomas Saint, a Newcastle printer. Bewick's wood engravings were pioneering in their day because unlike the wood cuts used by his predecessors, which were carved against the grain, he used the end grain of hard box wood. This allowed him to use fine tools normally the same as those used by metal engravers. One of Bewick's wood blocks Boxwood cut across the end-grain is hard enough for fine engraving, allowing greater detail than in a wood cut.

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