John WEBBERCharles GRIGNION, The opossum, an animal of the southern extremity of New Holland Enlarge 1 /1


England 1751 – 1793

print after


1717 – 1810


  • Born France, worked and died in England.

The opossum, an animal of the southern extremity of New Holland 1817
Collection Title: Cooke, George Alexander. 'Modern and Authentic System of Universal Geography.' London: R. Evans, 1817
Page: vol.1, plate 63, page 237
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching and engraving, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: thin smooth cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Edition Notes: London: C. Cooke, 1817. (24 extending maps) Volume I: xx + 816pp + 6 extending maps (World, Asia, Hindoostan, Turkey in Asia, Africa, China) + 37 full-page engravings. Volume II: 772pp + 18 extending maps (West Indies, North America, United States, Sweden etc., Russian Empire, Europe, Scotland, England & Wales, Ireland, Ireland (again, but colored), Prussia, Switzerland, France, Spain & Portugal, Germany, Italy, Pacific Ocean & New Discoveries (New Holland), Turkey in Europe) + 9 full-page engravings. All maps in the 2 volumes are uncolored excepting the duplicate hand-colored map of Ireland) and all are approximately 27 x 30 cm (10.5" x 12"), except the West Indies, North America, United States, and Germany which are approximately 27 x 25 cm(10.5"x10"), and Pacific Ocean (27 x 35 cm)(10.5"x13.8"), and World (27 x 47 cm)(10.5" x 18.8").
Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower left below image below plate-mark in black pencil, '4'. Inscribed lower right below image below plate-mark in black pencil, '£6'. Inscribed verso upper left in black pencil, '300 / X'. Inscribed verso centre in black pencil, '£4 [encircled]'.
Dimensions: printed image 11.9 h x 17.1 w cm printed image and text 13.2 h x 17.1 w cm plate-mark 18.7 h x 21.2 w cm sheet (irregular) 20.7 h x 26.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gregg collection of Australian and Pacific colonial prints. Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg, 2010.
Accession No: NGA 2011.1224
Subject: Voyages of exploration and discovery 1600-1900: English Australia, Animal: Possum
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Ted and Gina Gregg, Sydney, February 2011.