Water Rat or Rakali by John Gould.
John Gould's Mammals of Australia (1845–63)
The rakali,is also known as the rabe or water-rat. It is an Australian native rodent first described in 1804. The change to the aboriginal name Rakali was intended to foster a positive public attitude by Environment Australia. Kunwinjku of western Arnhem Land call this animal Yirrku.
In 1838, the English ornithologist John Gould set sail for Australia with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Gould. The gorgeous lithographs included in The Mammals of Australia were made by H. C. Richter, based on drawings done by both Elizabeth and John during their time on the continent. These indelible images of the platypus, the sugar glider, and the Tasmanian tiger, among others introduced countless nineteenth-century readers to the existence of these extraordinary creatures.
June 11th, 2020
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