The Native Cat. (Dasyurus Viverrinus)


Helena Forde (1832 - 1910)

Common names Eastern Quoll, Eastern Native Cat & Quoll.Modern binomial name Dasyurus viverrinusFirst described Shaw 1800Distribution SA, VIC, TAS & NSW Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 70-71, ill.71 From Kreft’s,  Mammals of Australia.  


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The Native Cat. (Dasyurus Viverrinus)




Helena Forde (1832 - 1910)


In good condition.


Lithograph, hand coloured.

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x 310mm
The Native Cat. (Dasyurus Viverrinus) - Antique Print from 1871

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

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 70-71, ill.71

From Kreft’s,  Mammals of Australia.  


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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