C1802

Black & White Snake.

Artist:

Vincent Woodthorpe (fl 1764 - 1822)

Modern common name Eastern Grey Kangaroo Modern binomial name Macropus giganteus First described Shaw 1790 Distribution Eastern Australia S.A., Vic, TAS, NSW and QLD. Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 335-338, ill. 335-337 The first illustration of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Black & White Snake.

Date:

C1802

Artist:

Vincent Woodthorpe (fl 1764 - 1822)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

105mm 
x 160mm
AUTHENTICITY
Black & White Snake. - Antique Print from 1802

Genuine antique
dated:

1802

Description:

Modern common name Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Modern binomial name Macropus giganteus

First described Shaw 1790

Distribution Eastern Australia S.A., Vic, TAS, NSW and QLD.

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 335-338, ill. 335-337

The first illustration of a ‘Kangaroo’ drawn from an Australian species, is acknowledged as that drawn by George Stubb’s from a specimen collected at Endeavour River in 1770 by James Cook’s crew while the Endeavour was being careened. The subsequent engraving was published in 1773, in the official accounts of the voyage of the Endeavour. That iconic image captured the public’s imagination for over sixty years and was the first depiction of any Australian animal in western art. Confusion as to the original species described, based on the specimens brought back by Cook and the subsequent painting by Stubb’s. This situation arose from the comparisons of drawings and photographs which are the only records of the lost original specimens with the Parkinson’s sketch made on 23rd June 1770 at Endeavour River and the later Stubb’s painting. Parkinon’s sketches and paintings of natural history subjects held in public institutions, clearly show a prodigious artistic talent, and his sketch of a kangaroo made on the spot, is certainly a more realistic depiction than one by Stubb’s that has exaggerated features. Stubb’s had the disadvantages of not seeing a live animal and only having the dried skin that was brought back by Cook to work from. It is probable that the skin was firstly re-hydrated and then inflated for Stubb’s to be able paint the animal. It has been established that the kangaroos collected on Cook’s expedition near Cooktown were specimens of the Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus (Roland Strachan CBOM p. 244).

The first sighting of a kangaroo in fact was an earlier one, by Francis Pelsaert of ‘the teeming cats’ on 15th November, 1629 on the Abrolhos Islands where the Batavia had been wrecked. The first illustration of a Macropod was made to the Stubb’s illustration, titled ‘Kangaron and made on 15th November 1629’ by Matthys Pool and described by Cornelis de Bruyn in ‘Reizen over Moskovie door Persie en Indie’, 1714 but the animal depicted was not an Australian species but Thylogale brunii (Dusky Pademelon), a Filander native to New Guinea.

From Barrington’s, The History of New South Wales….’.

Biography:

Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1822)        

Print and map engraver and copperplate printer, born in Stepney in about 1764, the son of Vincent Woodthorpe, a victualler, and his wife Elizabeth Waterhouse, who had married in 1763. Apprenticed (Tinplate Workers)to Garnet Terry 8 Jan 1778. He had premises at 27 Fetter Lane, London 1796-1809 and 29 Fetter Lane, London 1800-1822. Woodthorpe engraved a number of the illustrations for Barringtons account of the colony of New South Wales, the subjects were based on earlier issued engravings in first fleet journals.

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