C1841

Petaurus sciureus. Native of New South Wales. [Greater glide]

Artist:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

C19th engraving of the Greater Glider, 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. Modern commonname Greater Glider, Greater Flying Phalanger, Dusky GliderModern … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Petaurus sciureus. Native of New South Wales. [Greater glide]

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
Petaurus sciureus. Native of New South Wales. [Greater glide] - Antique Print from 1841

Genuine antique
dated:

1841

Description:

C19th engraving of the Greater Glider, 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.

Modern commonname Greater Glider, Greater Flying Phalanger, Dusky Glider
Modern scientific name Petauroides volans
First described Kerr 1792
Distribution QLD, VIC & NSW.
Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page p.240-241, ill. p.240-241

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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