A Singular Animal called Kangaroo found on the Coast of New Holland – Stubbs 1770ca

Stubbs, George

1770 ca

A Singular Animal called Kangaroo found on the Coast of New Holland – Stubbs 1770:

Kopergravure, afbeelding 12,50cm x 17,50cm, zuiver zonder vlekken of mankementen, brede marges.

This engraving is based on the first illustration of a “Kangaroo” drawn from an Australian species, drawn by George Stubbs (1724-1806) from a specimen collected at Endeavour River in 1770 by James Cook’s crew while the Endeavour was being careened, and issued in the official accounts of the voyage of the Endeavour. This iconic image captured the public’s imagination for over sixty years and was the first depiction of any Australian animal in western art. 

From Cook’s published accounts Endeavour River Qld First sighting of a Kangaroo on 22 June 1770 by  naturalist Joseph Banks: ‘The People who were sent to the other side of the water in order to shoot Pigeons saw an animal as large as a grey hound, of a mouse colour and very swift.’

Cook sees a kangaroo 24 June 1770. James Cook: “I saw my self this morning a little way from the ship one of the Animals before spoke off, it was of a light Mouse colour and the full size of a grey hound and shaped in every respect like one. The Animal which I have before mentioned is called by the natives Kangooroo or Kanguru.”

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