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Image number: RS.10623
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‘Dog of New South Wales’




Mortimer (British), Engraver

Object type

Library reference





height (print): 292mm
width (print): 225mm


Content object

   > animal
      > dog


Zoological study of the Dingo (Canis lupus dingo), the Australian wild dog.

Plate 57 from Journal of a voyage to New South John White (J.Debrett, London, 1790).

The accompanying text states that: “This animal is a variety of the Dog, and, like the shepherd’s dog in most countries, approaches near to the original of the species, which is the wolf...It is capable of barking, although not so readily as the European dogs; is very ill-natured and vicious...”

The plate is inscribed: “Mortimer delin, Dog of New South Wales. London Published as the Act directs Dec: 29, 1789, by I.Debrett.”

“The Public may rely, with the most perfect confidence, on the care and accuracy with which the Drawings have been copied from nature, by Miss Stone, Mr.Catton, Mr.Nodder, and other artists; and the Editor flatters himself the Engravings are all executed with equal correctness, by, or under the immediate inspection of Mr.Milton. The Birds, &c. from which the drawings were taken are deposited in the Leverian Museum.”

Associated place

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