C1789

Spotted Opossum.

The first illustration of the Eastern Quoll. The first sighting of the Eastern Quoll was made by Joseph Banks on 1 May 1770 at Botany Bay. “Named the ‘je-Quoll’ by the natives”, August 1770 Joseph Banks. Julian Crozet, observed March … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Spotted Opossum.

Date:

C1789

Condition:

Small repaired tear at lower sheet edge and a small printers crease from left sheet edge otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

160mm 
x 260mm

Paper Size: 

215mm 
x 285mm
AUTHENTICITY
Spotted Opossum. - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

The first illustration of the Eastern Quoll.

The first sighting of the Eastern Quoll was made by Joseph Banks on 1 May 1770 at Botany Bay. “Named the ‘je-Quoll’ by the natives”, August 1770 Joseph Banks.

Julian Crozet, observed March 1772, “Our hunters met a tiger cat and found several holes like those in a warren”, Blackman’s Bay, Tasmania.

Common names: Eastern Quoll, Eastern Native Cat & Quoll.
Modern binomial name: Dasyurus viverrinus
First described: Shaw 1800
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS & NSW

From Phillips,  Voyage to Botany Bay.

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: NGA 2012.1466
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 P54V
National Library Australia:  Bib ID 1165394

Peter Mazell (1759 - 1797)

Mazell was an Irish painter and engraver, working in London between c. 1761 and 1797. He is known for his fine engravings of natural history subjects, especially those illustrating books by John Walcott and the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant. He created almost 600 engravings in his career. He also exhibited paintings of landscapes and of flowers. He exhibited at the Society of Artists and at the Royal Academy.

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