C1871

The Tasmanian Tiger. (Thylacinus cynocephalus.)

Artist:

Harriet Scott (1830 - 1907)

The first encounter with a Thylacine was by the naturalist Jacques Labillardire on 13 May 1792 as noted in his journal from the expedition led by D’Entrecasteaux. First description 30 March 1805 was by William Paterson, the Lieutenant Governor of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Tasmanian Tiger. (Thylacinus cynocephalus.)

Date:

C1871

Artist:

Harriet Scott (1830 - 1907)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, hand coloured.
AUTHENTICITY
The Tasmanian Tiger. (Thylacinus cynocephalus.) - Antique Print from 1871

Genuine antique
dated:

1871

Description:

The first encounter with a Thylacine was by the naturalist Jacques Labillardire on 13 May 1792 as noted in his journal from the expedition led by D’Entrecasteaux.

First description 30 March 1805 was by William Paterson, the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania, published in the Sydney Gazette.

Modern common names Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf.

Modern binomial name Thylacinus cynocephalus

First described Harris 1808

Distribution Extinct (Tasmania)

Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, 2nd edition. Page: 164-165, ill.50

From Kreft, Mammals of Australia.

Biography:

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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