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The first illustration of these two southern Australian Hippocampi. From the northern waters of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.


Published in The Illustrated Australian News. 1873.

 Wood engraving.

Later hand colouring.

113 x 115 mm.



Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was re-introduced and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method. It also made possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time. All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. Where known, we have included the artist’s name. Wood engraving. Hand coloured.

113 x 115 mm.

SEA-HORSES FROM HOBSON'S BAY. [Hippocampus abdomanalis.]

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