C1870

Vulpine Opossum.

Artist:

John Latham (1740 - 1837)

This engraving was issued with two titles in the first ‘Wulpine and in the second issue Vulpine. Modern common name Common Brushtail Possum, Silvery-grey Possum, Brushtail Possum Modern binomial name Trichosurus vulpecula First described Kerr 1792 Distribution Australia wide Reference The Mammals of Australia, Strahan, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vulpine Opossum.

Date:

C1870

Artist:

John Latham (1740 - 1837)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

130mm 
x 165mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vulpine Opossum. - Antique Print from 1870

Genuine antique
dated:

1870

Description:

This engraving was issued with two titles in the first ‘Wulpine and in the second issue Vulpine.

Modern common name Common Brushtail Possum, Silvery-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: p.273-275, ill. 273, 274 & 275.

From Governor Arthur Phillip’s, & A Voyage to Botany Bay

Biography:

John Latham (1740-1837)

Latham is considered to be the Father of Australian Ornithology for the scientific descriptions he provided for birds sent from the convict colony of Sydney Cove in 1788.

Latham studied anatomy under the surgeon John Hunter and after practicing medicine and making his fortune he retired from practice in 1796 devoting his life to ornithology. He became the leading English ornithologist of his day, a time that coincided with the discovery of Australia’s east coast by James Cook and the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.

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