The Badger, the Opossum, the Kangaroo. KANGAROO.

The Badger, the Opossum, the Kangaroo…
The Badger, the Opossum, the Kangaroo

London: [Printed for the proprietor by W. Lewis, No. 2, Paternoster-Row; and sold by Champante and Whitrow], July 1, 1804.

13.5 x 21 cm.

the "Kanguroo" and the Opossum

A curious and interesting hand-coloured engraving from An universal system of natural history including the natural history of man, published in 14 volumes over as many years (1794-1810), after the work of the great Carl Linnaeus. Although the engraving is signed J. Pass after (Albertus) Seba, the kangaroo derives from the work of Sarah Stone and her illustration in John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales (1790), with the same posture and composition. White notes that "In its mode of propagation [the kangaroo] very probably comes nearer to the Opossum than any other animal" (Journal, 272), which makes the group in this engraving (with the opossum and her baby) particularly striking.

A curious and interesting hand-coloured engraving from An universal system of natural history including the natural history of man, published in 14 volumes over as many years (1794-1810), after the work of the great Carl Linnaeus. Although the engraving is signed J. Pass after (Albertus) Seba, the kangaroo derives from the work of Sarah Stone and her illustration in John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales (1790), with the same posture and composition. White notes that "In its mode of propagation [the kangaroo] very probably comes nearer to the Opossum than any other animal" (Journal, 272), which makes the group in this engraving (with the opossum and her baby) particularly striking.

Albertus Seba (1665-1736) formed a landmark collection of specimens and one of the most important natural history collections of the 18th Century. The four volume catalogue for his collection began in 1725 and was not completed until thirty years after his death. A recent work notes that "Seba's scenic illustrations, often mixing plants and animals in a single plate, were unusual even for the time. Many of the stranger and more peculiar creatures from Seba's collection, some of which are now extinct, were as curious to those in Seba's day as they are to us now". Similarly, the grouping in this engraving in the manner of Seba assembles animals and plants in landscape, foregrounding the highly curious "Kanguroo".

Soulsby 129, 130 and 130a

Price (AUD): $185.00  other currencies Ref: #4505070

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