Watercolour and pencil illustration, and descriptive notes of a Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus, from Studley Park, Melbourne, by Arthur Bartholomew, commissioned by Frederick McCoy for Plate 1 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria.

This illustration forms part of the much larger Prodromus Collection. Many of the original illustrations in the collection informed the production of the two volume work 'The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria', the Museum's first major publication commencing in 1878.

Description of Content

Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus, by Arthur Bartholomew. Illustrations, D215 & D216, pencil, watercolour and wax on paper, 17cm x 26cm, for Plate 1 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria

  • Collecting Areas

    Scientific Art & Observation

  • Artist

    Arthur Bartholomew

  • Medium

    Watercolour and Pencil

  • Technique


  • Support


  • Plate Number


  • Drawing Number

    D215, D216

  • State


  • Primary Inscriptions

    [spec. number is adjacent to each of the details]

  • Secondary Inscriptions

    A. Bartholomew [morphological description in ink possible by another hand]

  • Classification

    Scientific artwork, Illustration and notes, Paper

  • Taxon Name

    Pseudechis porphyriacus

  • Author and date of publication

    (Shaw, 1794)

  • Preferred Common name

    Red-bellied Black Snake

  • Kingdom


  • Phylum


  • Subphylum


  • Class


  • Subclass


  • Order


  • Suborder

    Ophidia serpentes

  • Superfamily

    Xenophidia colubroidea caenophidia

  • Family


  • Genus


  • Species Name


  • Category

    Natural Sciences

  • Discipline

    Scientific Artwork

  • Type of item


  • Framed

    588 mm (Width), 435 mm (Height)

  • Overall Dimensions

    26 cm (Width), 17 cm (Height)
    Scientific Illustration - overall dimensions

  • Exhibition Collection Management

    225 mm (Width), 170 mm (Height)
    Scientific Illustration - overall dimension

  • Maximum dimensions

    254 mm (Width), 171 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation.

  • References

    [Book Series] McCoy, Frederick. 1878-1890. Natural History of Victoria: Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria or Figures and Descriptions of the Living Species of All Classes of the Victorian Indigenous Animals. 1-2.
    [Article] Yen, Alan L., et al. 2001. McCoy's Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria: an unfinished task. Vic. Nat. 118 (6): 242-255.