The thylacine as illustrated by German
artist Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert (1901).
After his technical-commercial apprenticeship
at the age of 17, Kuhnert was a scholarship student at the Royal Academic
College of Fine Arts from 1883 to 1887. From his home in Berlin,
he embarked on travels to Scandinavia, Egypt, East Africa and India to
make landscape and animal studies. His favorite motif was the African
lion, of which he painted many images. In 1901, Kuhnert
was the illustrator of zoologist Johann Wilhelm Haacke's book "Animal
Life of the Earth".