by Joseph Wolf depicts a juvenile pair of thylacines at the London Zoo.
The thylacines were the first pair to be exhibited in any zoological gardens,
and arrived at the zoo on the 16th May 1850. Titled "Thylacinus
cynocephalus Juv.", it was featured in the Proceedings of the Zoological
Society of London, Mammalia XVIII (London, 1850). Wolf has been
described as the finest wildlife illustrator and painter of the Victorian
era. His work transformed the portrayal of animals in nature and
inspired a new generation of artists. Unlike many of his contemporaries,
he painted wild creatures in their natural setting, paving the way for
the wildlife art and illustration of today. With his unrivaled reputation,
he became the illustrator of choice for returning explorers, including
Dr. David Livingstone and Alfred Russel Wallace. A keen observer
of animal behaviour, Wolf also collaborated with Charles Darwin on the
book "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals".