C1798

Platypus – Jerboa

Artist:

Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch

The first description and known sighting was from a captured animal November 1797 David Collins on the Hawkesbury River. When the first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax. In the nineteenth century … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Platypus – Jerboa

Date:

C1798

Artist:

Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

175mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
Platypus - Jerboa - Antique Print from 1798

Genuine antique
dated:

1798

Description:

The first description and known sighting was from a captured animal November 1797 David Collins on the Hawkesbury River. When the first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax. In the nineteenth century is was suspected that it lay eggs, but it was not until 1884 that final proof was obtained.

First sighting and capture November 1797

‘….. made up the whole catalogue of anumals that were known at this time, with the exception which must now be made of an amphibious animal, of the mole species, one of which had been lately found on the banks of a lake near the Hawkesbury.

First published description 1799

‘…Of all the Mammalia yet known it seems the most extraordinary in its conformation, exhibiting the perfect resemblance of the beak of a Duck engrafted on the head of a quadraped. So accurate is the similitude, that, at first view, it naturually excites the idea of some deceptive preparation by artificial means…Shaw

Not a Hoax 1800

Of this most extraordinary genus the first description appeared in the Naturalist’s Miscellany; but as the individual there described was the only one which had been seen…… Two more specimens, however, having been very lately sent over from New Holland, by Governor Hunter, to Sir Joseph Banks, the suspicions before mentioned are now completely dissipated.

Common names             Platypus, duck-billed Platypus

Modern binomial name Ornithorhynchus anatinus

First described                Shaw 1799
 
Distribution                      SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD

Reference                        The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. p.36-38 ill.36,38

From                                  Bertuch Bilder Buch Fer Finder, Bd.3, no.80. Plate LXIV, fig.1,2 Das Schnabelthier (Ornithorhynchus paradoxus) [platypus].

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