C1880

Figure 1. Carpet Shark [Wobbegong], Crossorhinus barbatu [Orectolobus ornatus]. Figure 2. Seven-gilled Shark [Broadnose Sevengill Shark], Notidanus (Heptanchus) indicus.

Artist:

Ludwig Becker (1808 - 1861)

Figure 1.Common name: Banded Wobbegong or Ornate wobbegongModern binomial name: Orectolobus ornatusDistribution: WA, SA, VIC, NSW, QLD Figure 2.Common name: Broadnose Sevengill SharkModern binomial name: Notorynchus cepedianusDistribution: Australia wide From McCoy, Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria.

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Full Title:

Figure 1. Carpet Shark [Wobbegong], Crossorhinus barbatu [Orectolobus ornatus]. Figure 2. Seven-gilled Shark [Broadnose Sevengill Shark], Notidanus (Heptanchus) indicus.

Date:

C1880

Artist:

Ludwig Becker (1808 - 1861)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

150mm 
x 250mm
AUTHENTICITY
Figure 1. Carpet Shark [Wobbegong], Crossorhinus barbatu [Orectolobus ornatus]. Figure 2. Seven-gilled Shark [Broadnose Sevengill Shark], Notidanus (Heptanchus) indicus. - Antique Print from 1880

Genuine antique
dated:

1880

Description:

Figure 1.
Common name: Banded Wobbegong or Ornate wobbegong
Modern binomial name: Orectolobus ornatus
Distribution: WA, SA, VIC, NSW, QLD

Figure 2.
Common name: Broadnose Sevengill Shark
Modern binomial name: Notorynchus cepedianus
Distribution: Australia wide

From McCoy, Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria.

Biography:

Ludwig Becker (1808-1861)

Becker was born in Offenbach-on-Main near Darmstadt, Germany on 5 September 1808. Trained as an illustrator, he contributed to the scientific publications of his mentor, Johann Kaup, then later studied lithography under Peter Vogel before becoming the court painter to the Arch Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt.

Arriving in Launceston via England and Rio de Janerio in 1851, Becker immediately impressed Lady Denison, who labelled him ‘one of those universal Geniuses who can do anything; is a good naturalist, geologist &c.,draws paints and plays and sings. An appealing personality and agile thinker, he was influenced by the ideas of Alexander Humboldt who, instructed artists to draw en plein air to capture ‘a certain physiogamy of nature particular to each region of the earth.

Becker came to Victoria in 1852 and was caught up in the rush to the Bendigo goldfields, where he tried his hand at mining but, more significantly, produced a small body of work capturing the time’s excitement, along with the displacement of the area’s original inhabitants.

Relocating to Melbourne, Becker contributed to the city’s emergent intellectual and cultural life. He exhibited his Bendigo works, designed medals and certificates and was a founding member of the Philosophical Institute and the Victorian Society of Artists, in addition to being an active participant in the Melbourne German Club.

Perpetually anxious about money, Becker put his hand to a dizzying range of tasks. He published Men of Victoria, wrote and illustrated the cartoon style An Australian Song, illustrated scientific papers and publications, and created special events. He also joined expeditions into the Victorian hinterland with other notable German speaking intellectuals such as Neumayer, Von Guerard and Blandowski.

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