C1887

The Wombat.

Small colonial engraving of a pair of feeding wombats. Common names: Common Wombat, Naked-nosed Wombat, Tasmanian Wombat & Forest Wombat. Binomial name: Vombatus ursinus First described: Shaw 1800Distribution SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD. History of discovery: First reported sighting: February 1797, after the ship … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Wombat.

Date:

C1887

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

90mm 
x 52mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Wombat. - Antique Print from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Small colonial engraving of a pair of feeding wombats.

Common names: Common Wombat, Naked-nosed Wombat, Tasmanian Wombat & Forest Wombat.
Binomial name: Vombatus ursinus

First described: Shaw 1800Distribution SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

History of discovery:

First reported sighting: February 1797, after the ship Sydney Cove ran aground on Clarke Island in February 1797, the crew of the salvage ship, Francis, discovered wombats on the island. A live animal was taken back to Port Jackson.  Governor John Hunter later sent the animal’s corpse to Joseph Banks at the Literary and Philosophical Society to verify that it was a new species.

Naming: 26 January 1798

‘We saw several sorts of dung of different animals, one of which Wilson called a Whom-batt, which is an animal about 20 inches high, with short legs and a thick body…’ Bargo, N.S.W. John Price.

First detailed description: 25 August 1798 Letter from Hunter to Joseph Banks.

Artist:

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