C1808

Generation Observations on the Female Organs of Anatomical Structure of the Wombat, with Observations on the female Organs of Generation.

Artist:

William Clift (1775 - 1849)

Rare nine page extract by the distinguished anatomist Evrard Home, from the original edition of the Philosophical Transactions Royal Society London 1808 98, 304-312, published 1 January with the engraved plate numbered IX of ‘The Stomach of the Male Wombat..’ First … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Generation Observations on the Female Organs of Anatomical Structure of the Wombat, with Observations on the female Organs of Generation.

Date:

C1808

Artist:

William Clift (1775 - 1849)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

165mm 
x 227mm

Paper Size: 

205mm 
x 260mm
AUTHENTICITY
Generation Observations on the Female Organs of Anatomical Structure of the Wombat, with Observations on the female Organs of Generation. - Antique Print from 1808

Genuine antique
dated:

1808

Description:

Rare nine page extract by the distinguished anatomist Evrard Home, from the original edition of the Philosophical Transactions Royal Society London 1808 98, 304-312, published 1 January with the engraved plate numbered IX of ‘The Stomach of the Male Wombat..’

First reported sighting February 1797, after the ship Sydney Cove ran aground on Clarke Island in February 1797, the crew of the salvage ship, Francis, discovered wombats on the island. A live animal was taken back to Port Jackson.  Governor John Hunter later sent the animal’s corpse to Joseph Banks at the Literary and Philosophical Society to verify that it was a new species.

Naming 26 January 1798

‘We saw several sorts of dung of different animals, one of which Wilson called a Whom-batt, which is an animal about 20 inches high, with short legs and a thick body…’ Bargo, N.S.W. John Price.

First detailed description 25 August 1798 Letter from Hunter to Joseph Banks.

Common names Common Wombat, Naked-nosed Wombat, Coarse-haired Wombat, Island Wombat, Tasmanian Wombat & Forest Wombat.

Modern binomial name Vombatus ursinus

First described Shaw 1800

Distribution SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 204-205, ill.204

From Philosophical Transactions Royal Society London 1808 98, 304-312, published 1 January

Artist:

William Clift (1775-1849) 

Clift was apprenticed to John Hunter the celebrated physcian as an anatomical assistant at his house in Leicester Square, on 14 February 1792, employed to make drawings, copy dictation and assist in the care of Hunter’s anatomical specimens. Until Hunter’s death in 1793, Clift assisted him with dissections and often wrote from dictation from early morning until late at night.

William Clift was well known and highly thought of in the scientific community. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1823. His skills as an illustrator were demonstrated through his work for Matthew Baillie’s “A series of engravings… to illustrate the morbid anatomy of some of the most important parts of the human body,” and also his work on illustrations in Sir Everard Home’s numerous papers in the Philosophical Transactions.

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