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John Gould Broad-fronted Wombat, Phascolomys Latifrons. Mammals of Australia c1863

John Gould Broad-fronted Wombat, Phascolomys Latifrons. Mammals of Australia c1863

by Gould, John

Australian marsupial, Wombat antique print c1863 by John Gould and lithographer Henry Constantine Richter.

Original hand-coloured lithograph for Mammals of Australia published in London between 1845 and 1863 by John Gould (1804-1881). There were only 175 individually hand-coloured lithographs of each of the 182 different studies of Australian Mammals by John Gould (1804-1881). Gould devoted the last 50 years of his life to illustrating the birds of the world. Gould wrote that "It was not until I arrived in the country, and found myself surrounded by objects as strange as if I had been transported to another planet, that I conceived the idea of devoting a portion of my attention to the mammalian class of its extraordinary fauna."

During his short stay he made observations on Australia's fauna, and employed his skills as a taxidermist to obtain specimens. He sketched the mammals and birds, and was greatly assisted by his artist wife Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841), in preparing the sketches for lithographs to be made on their return to England, so that these wonderful illustrations could be shared with the world.

In fine condition, this superb lithograph is full size as issued, 37 x 53cm (approximately 14.5 x 21 inches).

Stock Number: apJGm58Price: $2,420.00

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