image Hawkesworth, J_An account of the voyages_1773_vol III pl 20
Image number: RS.9202
Credit: © The Royal Society

Sighting of a kangaroo by James Cook

Date

1773

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 220mm
width (print): 255mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

The first sighting of a kangaroo (or wallaby) by Lieutenant James Cook and the sailors of the Endeavour expedition, June 1770: "it was of a light mouse colour, and in size and shape very much resembling a greyhound". Illustration from An account of the voyages ...for making discoveries in the southern hemisphere, by John Hawkesworth (London, 1773).

Associated place

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