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An animal of a new species found on the coast of New South Wales

2004.0048.0001

An animal of a new species found on the coast of New South Wales

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Physical description

Print of a kangaroo with the title "An Animal of a new Species found on the Coast of / NEW SOUTH WALES" printed above it. The kangaroo is standing on a rocky outcrop, which has been lightly tinted green. There are two pencil annotations below the image "[?]...Map 1773" and "3695". The print has been cut from a larger page, and been edge mounted within a buff coloured paper folder that has a window cut out of the front page to form a mat to the print.

Statement of significance

This collection is comprised of two late eighteenth century engravings of kangaroos. Both are based on George Stubbs' influential painting (c1771-2). Commissioned by Joseph Banks, Stubbs' work was based on an inflated skin brought back from James Cook's 1768-1771 voyage, as well as sketches done by artist Sydney Parkinson during the voyage. One engraving was published in the July 1773 issue of the popular Gentleman's Magazine, the other was published in the 1774 French translation of John Hawkesworth's account of James Cook's 1768-1771 voyage.

The engravings are significant as examples of early European interpretations of the 'iconic' kangaroo. The origins of these engravings illustrate how representations of Australia's natural history were created and communicated to English-speaking and French audiences during the early colonial period. The engravings are also significant for their association with John Hawkesworth, who edited the first authorized account of James Cook's 1768-1771 voyage.

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