Frillneck lizard, 1837-1840.


Frillneck lizard, 1837-1840.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Engraving by Madame Schmelz after Oudart, of the frilled or frillneck lizard which is found in Australia and New Guinea. From the atlas section of 'Voyage au Pole Sud et dans l'Oceanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee, pendant les annees 1837-1838-1839-1840' by French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville, (1790-1842), published in Paris, 1842-1853. This work, in English 'Voyage to the South Pole and Oceania on the corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee, during the years 1837-1840', was the account of a scientific expedition to study the geography, geology, anthropology and natural history of the region. During the voyage Dumont d'Urville claimed Adelie Land in Antarctica. He died in the first railway crash in Versailles two years later.

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