C1841

Dasyurus macrourus. Native of Van Diemens Land. [Quoll]

Artist:

William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859)

C19th engraving of the Spotted-tailed Quoll, 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 sighting of Quolls was made by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Dasyurus macrourus. Native of Van Diemens Land. [Quoll]

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
Dasyurus macrourus. Native of Van Diemens Land. [Quoll] - Antique Print from 1841

Genuine antique
dated:

1841

Description:

C19th engraving of the Spotted-tailed Quoll, 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 sighting of Quolls was made by Julian Crozet, observed March
1772, ‘Our hunters met a tiger cat and found several holes like those in
a warren’, Blackman’s Bay, Tasmania.

Joseph Banks on 1 May 1770 at Botany Bay noted ‘Named the ‘je-Quoll’ by the natives’, August 1770 Joseph Banks.

Common names: Spotted-tailed Quoll, Tiger Cat, Tiger Quoll & Spotted-tailed Native Cat.
Modern binomial name: Dasyurus maculatus
First described: Kerr 1792 Distribution SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD
Distribution: QLD, NSW, VIC, SA & TAS
Reference: The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 67-69, ill.67 & 69

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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