C1807

Nouvelle-Hollande: Nelle Galles du Sud. 1. Ornithorinque Brun

Rare engraving of a platypuses from the account of the Nicholas Baudin voyage of exploration. The first illustration and description of a Platypus was made on November 1797 on the Hawkesbury River by David Collins. When the first skin sent by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nouvelle-Hollande: Nelle Galles du Sud. 1. Ornithorinque Brun

Date:

C1807

Condition:

Some minor foxing, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

300mm 
x 240mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nouvelle-Hollande: Nelle Galles du Sud. 1. Ornithorinque Brun - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

Rare engraving of a platypuses from the account of the Nicholas Baudin voyage of exploration.

The first illustration and description of a Platypus was made on November 1797 on the Hawkesbury River by David Collins. When the first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax. 

Binomial name: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
First described: Shaw 1799
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 36-38, ill.35,36 & 38

From Francois Peron’s, Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d’Australes.

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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