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"Mr. Gould's Very Beautiful Work"

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When thylacines arrived at London Zoo, it was the first time that living models were used for the pictures that appeared in a publication. One image from John Gould's extravagant work, The Mammals of Australia, is the most widely used representation of the thylacine and is still circulating in various forms in the twenty-first century. To the present day, the prestige, popularity, and endurance of Gould's work have ensured that his visualisation of the thylacine has remained visible and influential in many copies and derivations. There were other impressions of the thylacines that arrived at London Zoo in 1850 that encouraged very different attitudes to those projected by Gould's images. Joseph Wolf, one of the most admired and prolific natural history illustrators, created two of these images. The name 'tiger' was used for the thylacine in Tasmania and Australia, rarely in Europe or in zoological literature.

Keywords: John Gould; Joseph Wolf; London Zoo; Tasmania; The Mammals of Australia; thylacine



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