C1848

Dromaius Novae-Hollandiae. The Emu.

Artist:

Waterhouse Hawkins (1807 - 1894)

Rare lithograph of the best and largest colonial image of the Emu by John Gould from his epic series, The Birds of Australia and Adjacent Islands, published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, London. This lithograph was … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Dromaius Novae-Hollandiae. The Emu.

Date:

C1848

Artist:

Waterhouse Hawkins (1807 - 1894)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, with original hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

550mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
Dromaius Novae-Hollandiae. The Emu. - Antique Print from 1848

Genuine antique
dated:

1848

Description:

Rare lithograph of the best and largest colonial image of the Emu by John Gould from his epic series, The Birds of Australia and Adjacent Islands, published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, London.

This lithograph was drawn and lithographed Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins the famous English sculptor and natural history artist renowned for his work on the life-size models of dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park in south London.

In his introduction to The Birds of Australia, Gould stated the reasons for endeavouring the mammoth task of documenting the ornithology of Australia; “I was naturally desirous of turning my attention to the Ornithology of some other region; and a variety of opportune and concurring circumstances induced me to select that of Australia, the birds of which, although invested with the highest degree of interest, had been almost entirely neglected In the absence, then, of any general work on the Birds of Australia, the field was comparatively a new one, and of no ordinary degree of interest, from the circumstance of its being one of the finest possessions of the British Crown, and from its natural productions being as remarkable for the anomalous nature of their forms, as for their beauty, and the singularity of their habits.”

The Emu was first sighted on 21st January 1788 by surgeon Arthur Bowes, in Port Jackson and described and drawn in his diary on the transport ship Lady Penrhyn. His diary entry describes his observations The animals we saw during our stay in New Holland…… a bird of a new genus, as large and high as a Ostrich.

 

Common name: Emu
Binomial name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
First described: Latham 1790
Distribution: Australia wide
Reference: RDCBOB Pg 45

 

Artist:

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894)

English sculptor and natural history artist renowned for his work on the life-size models of dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park in south London.

Hawkins was born in London, the son of Thomas Hawkins, an artist, and Louisa Anne Waterhouse, the daughter of a Jamaica plantation family. He studied at St. Aloysius College, and learned sculpture from William Behnes. At the age of 20, he began to study natural history and later geology. He contributed illustrations to The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle. During the 1840’s, he produced studies of living animals in Knowsley Park, near Liverpool for Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. The park was one of the largest private menageries in Victorian England and Hawkins’ work was later published with John Edward Gray’s text as “Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley” . Over the same period Hawkins exhibited four sculptures at the Royal Academy between 1847 and 1849, and was elected a member of the Society of Arts in 1846 and a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1847. Fellowship of the Geological Society of London followed in 1854.

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