C1893

Echidna

Untitled c.19th engraving of an Echidna. The first sighting and drawing was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, 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:

Echidna

Date:

C1893

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

140mm 
x 70mm
AUTHENTICITY
Echidna - Antique Print from 1893

Genuine antique
dated:

1893

Description:

Untitled c.19th engraving of an Echidna.

The first sighting and drawing was made on 9th February, 1792 by George Tobin, 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 or three inches in length’  By July 1792 George Shaw had provided the first scientific description and including 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.

Common names:   Short-beaked Echidna, Echidna, Spiny Anteater or Porcupine.
Modern binomial name: Tachyglossus aculeatus
First described :Shaw 1792
Distribution: Australia wide (mainland).

 

Friedrich Specht (1839 - 1909)

Specht was a German painter and natural history illustrator. He provided illustrations of animals and landscapes for a large number of zoology and veterinary science publications, notably for the first edition of Brehms Tierleben (1864–69), Brockhaus and Efron Encloclopedic Dictionary (1890—1907), Karl Christoph Vogt's Die Säugetiere in Wort und Bild (1883–89) and Richard Lydekker's Royal Natural History (1893–96).

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