I was able to find a treasure trove of mid 19th century engravings, beautiful work and many of the original sketches and studies must have been done under the harshest of conditions – although I’ve read that often these were done by people back in Blighty or Europe from written descriptions only!!
I found lots of Australian and Asian animals (yes that’s a real tassie devil in the header!) cataloged which of course being originally a Sydney northern beaches lad, was quite exciting. Some of these images would have been the first time that anyone on the continent had seen the exotic fauna of the antipodes. It was like the BuzzFeed and listicles of it’s day I imagine.
I’ve started preparing scans to be turned into posters and t-shirts etc as I love the ability to share this stuff on more than one format. I’ve done a few already but hope to get a whole bunch up there.
If you are interested, have a look at my store on Zazzle