C1838

Le Wombat; Phascolomys Wombat, Peron et Lesueur

Early French engraving of a 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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Le Wombat; Phascolomys Wombat, Peron et Lesueur

Date:

C1838

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 110mm

Paper Size: 

245mm 
x 160mm
AUTHENTICITY
Le Wombat; Phascolomys Wombat, Peron et Lesueur - Antique Print from 1838

Genuine antique
dated:

1838

Description:

Early French engraving of a 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.

 

Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778 - 1846)

French natural history and topographical artist on board the lavishly equipped scientific expedition prepared by the Institut de France with the ambitions to explore the southern parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, in two corvettes, Geographe and the Naturaliste. Lesueur was taken on not as an artist or scientist but as an assistant gunner. Nichloas Baudin the commander of the expedition soon discovered Lesueur's talents and employed him as an illustrator for his private journal. His prolific output and the quality of his drawings during this important voyage is a testament to his artistic talents.

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