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Phascogale murina, known as Dunnart. Lizars engraving c1841

Phascogale murina, known as Dunnart. Lizars engraving c1841

by Lizars, William Home

Dunnart antique print. Small carnivorous Australian animal.

Original fine steel engraving c1841 by William Home Lizars (1788-1859), with contemporary hand-colour of Australian animal against uncoloured background habitat. From the first edition of Marsupialia or Pouched Animals by George Waterhouse (1789-1856) for Mammalia in Sir William Jardine's The Naturalist's Library series of.fauna engraved and published by W.H. Lizars. Between 1833 and 1843 Lizars engraved between 30 and 40 small portraits of different species of 40 familiies of fauna from the drawings of naturalists in each field.

William studied at the Trustees’ Academy from 1804 to 1808, and exhibited portraits and genre at the Edinburgh Academy until his father, Daniel Lizars died. William then assumed responsibility for his father’s Edinburgh printing and publishing business, which he considerably expanded. William’s engraving skill was recognized by John James Audubon for whom he was doing large bird engravings when Sir William Jardine commissioned him to engrave and publish the 40 small books for The Naturalist's Library. Lizars was elected an Associate Engraver of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1827.

Page size 105 x 170mm (4 1/8 x 6 5/8 inches).  

Stock Number: apWHLm10Price: $110.00

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