Kangaroo, 1790 illustration

Kangaroo, 1790 illustration

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Kangaroo, 1790 illustration. This early depiction of a kangaroo is based on observations and specimens collected by European explorers, starting from the the landing in Australia by Captain James Cook in 1770. This artwork is from 'The Naturalist's Miscellany', a monthly periodical published in London between 1789 and 1813. It focused particularly on newly-discovered species, notably from Australia and the South Pacific. George Shaw (1751-1813) wrote the text (in English and Latin). He was a medical doctor, a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of the Linnean Society and a zoologist at the British Museum. Frederick Polydore Nodder (1770-1800) and later his son Richard Polydore Nodder (1793-1820), engraved the plates. Both received royal patronage for their skill as natural history artists. The plates are exceptionally fine copper engravings with bright original hand colour using a combination of watercolour and layered gouache.

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