Peter MAZELLJohn WATTSJohn STOCKDALE, New Holland Cassowary Enlarge 1 /1


Ireland 1759 /1763 – England 1797



London, England 1755 – at sea 1801

print after

  • Australian, Pacific 1787-1788


Caldbeck,Cumberland, England 1750 – 1814


New Holland Cassowary 20 October 1789
Collection Title: Phillip, Arthur. 'The voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay ... .'. London: John Stockdale, 1789
Page: plate 43, page 271
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper line engraving, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: smooth off-white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Edition Notes: There are three interrelated variations of this image: 1789. Phillip, Arthur. An account of a voyage to Botany Bay. London: John Stockdale, 1789. plate 43, titled, 'New Holland Cassowary'. imprint: Publish'd Oct. 20. 1789. by J. Stockdale.'. Phillip notes that, 'The one [emu] from which the plate was taken, was shot within two miles of the settlement at Sydney Cove, and the drawing made on the spot by Lieutenant Watts. The skin being sent over to England in spirits, has been put into attitude, and is now the property of Sir Joseph Banks, to whom it was presented by Lord Sydney.'. The image shows a detail of the feather structure of the emu which is discussed by Phillip. The engraving is by Peter Mazell. 1791. Payne, John. 'Universal Geography formed into a new and entire system ... with a set of maps ... and a great variety of copper-plates'. London: printed for the author, and sold by J. Johnson, & C. Stalker, 1791. [2 volumes]. vol.1, page 621 imprint, 'London. Published Febr. 6 1791 by J.Johnson No 72 St. Pauls Church Yard. & C. Stalker Stationer Court.' [SLNSW trimmed and hand-coloured; Maritime Museum] The engraving is in reverse of that in Phillip, but not derived from it, The image is based on the drawing by Arthur Bowes Smyth ( SLNSW, Safe 1 / 15) and prints in reverse of that drawing. The feathers are curely and the compositional divice of the feathers in the Phillip image is replaced by that of a xanthorrhoea plant, which is also depicted in the Smyth drawing.
Primary Insc: no inscriptions
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, '77 x 72'. Inscribed verso lower left in black pencil, 'E218A'.
Dimensions: plate-mark 26.2 h x 18.8 w cm sheet 28.8 h x 21.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.1415
Subject: Australia, Animal: Bird
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Sebra Prints, Melbourne, 2012.