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A Feather of the Cassowary. Aboriginal Fish Hooks c1789

A Feather of the Cassowary. Aboriginal Fish Hooks c1789


by Kennion, Edward

Cassowary divided-feather, Fish Hooks of New South Wales.

Rare original copperplate engraving by Edward Kennion after a drawing by Sarah Stone for the Surgeon-General of the First Fleet and Settlement in Australia, John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales published in London by J. Debrett in 1789-1790. As well as being Surgeon-General of the British settlement at Port Jackson, White was an avid amateur naturalist who sent a collection of natural history specimens to England in mid-1789. Sarah Stone drew forty-nine of the sixty-five specimens that were then engraved by five London nature artists, Frederick Nodder, Charles Catton Jr., Edward Kennion, Mortimer, and Stone herself.

The Journal was published in black and white, this finely hand-coloured engraving was tinted at a later date.
Size of page: 28 x 22cm (11 x 8.5 inches)

Stock Number: apJWCf,fhPrice: $195.00