Unpublished watercolour, pencil & ink illustrations of two Emperor Gum-Moths, Opodiphthera eucalypti (originally identified as Antheraea Eucalypti) and their host plant, by Arthur Bartholomew. The illustrated moths are adults of larvae (PZD 12), collected near Melbourne.

This work, commissioned by Sir Frederick McCoy, Director of the National Museum of Victoria as part of his zoological research, 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 from 1878. For more than 40 years, Arthur Bartholomew meticulously and accurately illustrated specimens for McCoy.

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Emperor Gum-moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, by Arthur Bartholomew. Illustration - Pencil, watercolour, ink and varnish on paper, 29 cm x 22 cm. Drawing numbers 221 & 226. Commissioned by Frederick McCoy as part of his zoological research.

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