Summary

Hand coloured proof of a Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus, from Studley Park, Melbourne, illustrated by Arthur Bartholomew, with Edward Gilks as the lithographer. This work was commissioned by Frederick McCoy, the first Director of The National Museum of Victoria, for Plate 1 in 'The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria; Figures and descriptions of the living species of all classes of the Victoria indigenous animals'.

This plate forms part of the much larger Prodromus Collection. Many of the original illustrations and prints in the collection informed the production of The Prodromus, the first major publication of the National Museum of Victoria. Between 1878 and 1890, McCoy published his zoology 'Prodromus' as 20 parts in two volumes, with each part comprising 20 plates. Unfortunately, almost 90 plates in the collection remain unpublished, and hundreds of illustrations were either not completed or not printed.

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Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus, by Arthur Bartholomew. Hand coloured proof, lithographic link on paper, 19cm x 28cm, published as Plate 1 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

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