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the kongouro from New Holland

the Kongouro from New Holland by George Stubbs

The Kongouro from New Holland is an oil Painting by George Stubbs. Depicting a kangaroo, it is the first depiction of an Australian animal in western art, along with a painting of a dingo – Portrait of a Large Dog – also by George Stubbs. It is part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. The work was commissioned by Joseph Banks and based on the inflated skin of an animal he had collected from the east coast of Australia in 1770 during Lieutenant James Cook’s first voyage of discovery in HMS Endeavour. It depicts the animal sitting on a rock and looking over its shoulder with a backdrop of trees and mountains. The two were the only two paintings that Stubbs did not draw from a live subject.

Portrait of a Large Dog by George Stubbs 1772

Portrait of a Large Dog by George Stubbs 1772

Portrait of a Large Dog is an oil painting by George Stubbs. Depicting a dingo, it is the first depiction of an Australian animal in western art, along with a painting of a kangaroo by Stubbs. It is part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. The work was commissioned by Joseph Banks based on his observation of dingoes on the east coast of Australia in 1770. No specimen was collected for use as a subject, unlike its companion painting The Kongouro from New Holland, and it is seen as a fairly general depiction of a dingo, soon superceded by a more accurate one in 1789.

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