C1800

'Platypus'

Artist:

George Shaw (1751 - 1813)

The first description and known sighting was from a captured animal in November 1797 by David Collins on the Hawkesbury River. When the first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a hoax and during … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

‘Platypus’

Date:

C1800

Artist:

George Shaw (1751 - 1813)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

90mm 
x 60mm

Frame Size: 

275mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
'Platypus' - Antique Print from 1800

Genuine antique
dated:

1800

Description:

The first description and known sighting was from a captured animal
in November 1797 by David Collins on the Hawkesbury River. When the
first skin sent by John Hunter, reached Europe it was thought to be a
hoax and during the nineteenth century is was suspected that it lay
eggs, but it was not until 1884 that final proof was obtained.

 

Biography:

George Shaw (1751- 1813)

George Shaw was a medical
practitioner and a lecturer in Botany at Oxford University, founder of the
Linnean Society of London and Keeper of the Natural History Section of the
British Museum. He published one of the first English descriptions with scientific
names of several of Australian animals. He was among the first scientists to
examine a platypus and published the first scientific description of it.

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