C1896

The Duckbill

Artist:

Otto Spechter (1807 - 1871)

Scarce small c.19th engraving of a Platypus. The first engraved image of a Platypus and the first description, was made from the first Platypus sighted and captured November 1797 on the Hawkesbury River by David Collins. When the first skin … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Duckbill

Date:

C1896

Artist:

Otto Spechter (1807 - 1871)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

130mm 
x 90mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Duckbill - Antique Print from 1896

Genuine antique
dated:

1896

Description:

Scarce small c.19th engraving of a Platypus.

The first engraved image of a Platypus and the first description, was made from the first Platypus sighted and captured November 1797 on the Hawkesbury River by David Collins. When the first skin sent by John Hunter reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax.

Binomial name: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
First described: Shaw 1799
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD

Artist:

Friedrich Specht (1839-1909)
German painter and natural history illustrator. He provided illustrations of animals and landscapes for a large number of zoology and veterinary science publications, notably for the first edition of Brehms Tierleben (1864–69) , Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary (1890—1907), Karl Christoph Vogt’s Die Säugetiere in Wort und Bild (1883–89) and Richard Lydekker’s Royal Natural History (1893–96).

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