C1871

The Sooty Opossum. (Phalangista Fuliginosa)

Scarce lithograph of the Common Brushtail Possum or known as the Silver-grey, Possum & Brushtail Possum. Modern binomial name: Trichosurus vulpecula First described: Kerr 1792 Distribution: Australia wide Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 273-275, ill. 273-275. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Sooty Opossum. (Phalangista Fuliginosa)

Date:

C1871

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, hand coloured.

Paper Size: 

318mm 
x 422mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Sooty Opossum. (Phalangista Fuliginosa) - Antique Print from 1871

Genuine antique
dated:

1871

Description:

Scarce lithograph of the Common Brushtail Possum or known as the Silver-grey, Possum & Brushtail Possum.

Modern binomial name: Trichosurus vulpecula
First described: Kerr 1792
Distribution: Australia wide

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 273-275, ill. 273-275.

From Kreft, Mammals of Australia.

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: NGA 94.1138

Harriet Scott (1830 - 1907)

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