First European drawing of a kangaroo

Description

Sydney Parkinson was the first European to draw the kangaroo. Soon after the landing at Endeavour River a party exploring inland saw an animal ‘as large as a greyhound, of a mouse colour and very swift’.

The following day Joseph Banks saw the same animal and wrote: ‘Nothing certainly that I have seen at all resembles him… instead of going upon all fours this animal went only upon two legs, making vast bounds’.

The word kangaroo is based on the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru.

Full title:
Parkinson sketch of a 'Kanguru'
Created:
1770
Format:
Sketch
Creator:
Sydney Parkinson (artist)
Copyright:
© Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Held by
Natural History Museum

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