The Thresher or Long tailed Shark, Alopecias Vulpes [Alopias vulpinus]


Arthur Bartholomew (1834 - 1909)

Common name: Common ThresherModern binomial name: Alopias vulpinusDistribution: Australia wide From McCoy, Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria.


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The Thresher or Long tailed Shark, Alopecias Vulpes [Alopias vulpinus]




Arthur Bartholomew (1834 - 1909)


In good condition


Lithograph printed in colour.

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x 145mm
The Thresher or Long tailed Shark, Alopecias Vulpes [Alopias vulpinus] - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique



Common name: Common Thresher
Modern binomial name: Alopias vulpinus
Distribution: Australia wide

From McCoy, Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria.


Arthur Bartholomew (1834-1909)

Bartholomew was born in Bruton, Somerset shire, in 1834. Although little is known about his early life,Bartholomew apprenticed as an engraver in Exeter and had lithographic training before leaving for Australia in 1852 at 18 years of age. Arriving in Melbourne on theOriental, in December that year he set off to explore the bush before sailing to Tasmania, where he met his future wife, Eliza Ann Nicholls.

He soon returned to Melbourne to assist William Blandowski in illustrating specimens for his encyclopaedia on the natural history of Australia. When Blandowski set off on an expedition on the Murray River, Bartholomew remained in Melbourne. With Blandowski in self-imposed exile following his conflict with fellow members of thePhilosophical Institute, Bartholomew returned to Longford, Tasmania, marrying Eliza in 1856. They had two children in quick succession, Christianna (1857) and Adelina (1858), before returning to Melbourne where Arthur took up the position which defined his professional career.

On 1 September 1859 Bartholomew was appointed Attendant in the department of Natural History at the newly-opened Melbourne University. For the next six months he attended McCoy’s lectures and assisted in the laboratory, his role expanding in 1860 to take advantage of his artistic ability. McCoy obviously saw Bartholomew’s potential for the ambitious projects which lay ahead.

Bartholomew began both a zoological and geology series for McCoy which would form the basis of theProdromus of the Zoology of VictoriaandProdromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria.During the following four decades he illustrated more than 700 zoological specimens.

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