C1811

Dromiceus Emu.

Artist:

Moses Griffith (1747 - 1819)

The Emu had first been 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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Dromiceus Emu.

Date:

C1811

Artist:

Moses Griffith (1747 - 1819)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

120mm 
x 180mm
AUTHENTICITY
Dromiceus Emu. - Antique Print from 1811

Genuine antique
dated:

1811

Description:

The Emu had first been 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’.

Modern binomial name Dromaius novaehollandiae

First described Latham 1790

Distribution Australia wide (not including Tasmania)

Reference Reader’s Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page p.45, ill. pp. 44 & 45

From George Shaw’s General Zoology or systematic Natural History

Biography:

Moses Griffith (1747-1819)

Water-colour painter with no formal training but in 1769 he was engaged by Thomas Pennant who in discovering his aptitude as a draughtsman employed him to illustrate his tours. He then provided a number of illustrations for Pennant’s, Genera of Birds.

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