C1871

The Dingo, or Native Dog.

Artist:

Helena Forde (1832 - 1910)

The first report of a ‘wild dog’ in Australia was made by the Dutchman, Jan Cartenzoon near Cape Keer, Queensland 8 May 1623; ‘I went ashore myself with 10 musketeers we saw numerous footprints of men and dogs (running from south to … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Dingo, or Native Dog.

Date:

C1871

Artist:

Helena Forde (1832 - 1910)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, hand coloured.

Image Size: 

390mm 
x 300mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Dingo, or Native Dog. - Antique Print from 1871

Genuine antique
dated:

1871

Description:

The first report of a ‘wild dog’ in Australia was made by the Dutchman, Jan Cartenzoon near Cape Keer, Queensland 8 May 1623;

‘I went ashore myself with 10 musketeers we saw numerous footprints of men and dogs (running from south to north) we accordingly spent some time there, following the footprints to a river…we also saw great numbers of dogs, herons and curlews…’

The first printed illustration of the Dingo appeared in Phillip’s, “A Voyage to Botany Bay”.

 

Common names:   Dingo, Wild Dog or Warrigal.

 

Modern binomial name:   Canis lupus dingo 

 

Recent synonyms:   Canis dingo

 

First described:   Meyer 1793 

 

Distribution:   Australia wide (mainland) 

 

Reference  The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 696-698, ill. 696 

 

Heere; The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 pp.124-125

From Kreft’s, Mammals of Australia 

 

Artist:

Helena Forde (1832-1910) (nee Scott) and her sister Harriet Scott (1830-1907)

Were born in the Rocks area of Sydney to Harriet Calcott, daughter of an ex-convict, and Alexander Walter Scott, a wealthy man who would become known in the colony as an entomologist, grazier and entrepreneur. Helena and Harriet (known as the Scott sisters) were two of 19th century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators and possibly the first professional female illustrators in the country.

In 1846, Harriet and Helena, then aged 16 and 14, moved from Sydney to the isolated Ash Island in the Hunter River estuary with their mother, Harriet Calcott, and father, entomologist and entrepreneur Alexander Walker Scott.

There, surrounded by unspoilt native vegetation and under the inspiring tutelage of their artistic father, their shared fascination with the natural world grew. For almost 20 years, the sisters lived and worked on the island, faithfully recording its flora and fauna, especially the butterflies and moths.

The sisters continued to draw and paint commercially for the rest of their lives. Harriet drew botanical illustrations for the 1879, 1884 and 1886 editions of the Railway Guide to New South Wales, and they both executed designs for Australia’s first Christmas cards in 1879. Harriet died at Granville NSW in 1907 and Helena in 1910.  

Reference; Australian Museum.

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