Entitled "A new animal of the Derwent",
this oddly-proportioned representation by naturalist and artist John William
Lewin (1770-1819) is one of the earliest surviving paintings of a thylacine,
and dates from circa 1817. Mr. W. Lister Parker presented the watercolour
to the Linnean Society (London) in March 1921.
Lewin was an English-born artist who emigrated
to Australia around 1800, and as the first professional artist of the colony
of New South Wales, he illustrated the earliest volumes of Australian natural