C1841

Hypsiprymnus murinus. Native of New South Wales. [Potoroo]

Artist:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

C19th engraving of the Long-nosed potoroo, from The Naturalist’s Library. This series of engravings of Australian mammals, predates Gould’s epic work done in 1863. This is the first issue with fine original hand colouring. The first printed engraving of a Long-nosed potoroo … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Hypsiprymnus murinus. Native of New South Wales. [Potoroo]

Date:

C1841

Artist:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

155mm 
x 95mm
AUTHENTICITY
Hypsiprymnus murinus. Native of New South Wales. [Potoroo] - Antique Print from 1841

Genuine antique
dated:

1841

Description:

C19th engraving of the Long-nosed potoroo, from The Naturalist’s Library. This series of engravings of Australian mammals, predates Gould’s epic work done in 1863. This is the first issue with fine original hand colouring.

The first printed engraving of a Long-nosed potoroo
was published in 1789. Surgeon’s John White’s description referred to
the foot as having only three toes and this error was perpetuated in the
specific name, triedactlus: ‘three-toed potoroo'(Strahan)

Common names Long-nosed Potoroo, Long-nosed Rat Kangaroo & Wallaby Rat.

Binomial name Potorous tridactylus

First described Kerr 1792

Distribution WA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page 301, ill.302

Biography:

William Home Lizars (1788–1859)

Lizars was born at Edinburgh in 1788. He was an artist and engraver, the son of Daniel Lizars, and brother of the surgeon John Lizars.

His sister Jean (Jane) Home married Sir William Jardine.His father was a publisher and an engraver and Lizars was apprenticed to his father. He furthered his studies at the Trustees’ Academy, Edinburgh. Lizars took over his fathers business on his death. Lizars met J. J. Audubon in Edinburgh in October 1826  and agreed to publish Audubon monumental engravings. Lizars perfected a method of etching which performed the functions of wood-engraving, for illustration of books. He died in Edinburgh on 30 March 1859, leaving a widow and family. Lizars took an active part in the foundation of the Royal Scottish Academy.

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