C1782

[Kangaroo Histoire Naturele, Quarupeds.]

Scarce c.18th engraving of a kangaroo based on George Stubbs original painting made from a specimen collected at Endeavour River in 1770 by James Cook’s crew, while the Endeavour was careened. This iconic image captured the public’s imagination for over … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Kangaroo Histoire Naturele, Quarupeds.]

Date:

C1782

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

163mm 
x 230mm

Paper Size: 

230mm 
x 307mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Kangaroo Histoire Naturele, Quarupeds.] - Antique Print from 1782

Genuine antique
dated:

1782

Description:

Scarce c.18th engraving of a kangaroo based on George Stubbs original painting made from a specimen collected at Endeavour River in 1770 by James Cook’s crew, while the Endeavour was careened. This iconic image captured the public’s imagination for over sixty years and was the first depiction of any Australian animal in western art.

From Panckoucke, Encyclopédie méthodique; Histoire naturelle,Partie 1 Quadrupèdes et cétacés Mammalogie 1782 Paris.

References:
Lennox-boyd, C. George Stubbs: The Complete Engraved Works. London 1989: 404, ill. p.356.

Collections:
National Gallery Victoria: Bib ID 978701

George Stubbs (1724 - 1806)

Stubbs was classified in his lifetime as a sporting painter, and as such was excluded from full membership of the Royal Academy. He is best remembered for his paintings of horses and his conversation pieces. Having studied anatomy, Stubbs's pictures of horses are among the most accurate ever painted. Stubbs was born in Liverpool, the son of a leather worker, and he spent his early career painting portraits and developing his interest in anatomy. In the 1740s he lived in York and supplied the illustrations for a treatise on midwifery. Following a brief visit to Rome in 1754, he settled in Lincolnshire, where he researched his major publication, The Anatomy of the Horse. In about 1758 he moved to London, which remained his base. Early clients for his sporting and racing paintings included many of the noblemen who founded the Jockey Club. Like Gainsborough, he later painted scenes of peasant life, as well as studies of wild and exotic animals. He also became known as a printmaker and for his paintings in enamel on Wedgwood earthenware plaques.

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