Tree Kangaroo by Frohawk

Frederick William Frohawk (1861-1946)
Tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei xanthotis) c. 1930s
Watercolour, 547 x 380 mm.

A skilled artist, lithographer and engraver, Frederick W. Frohawk is well known for his superb watercolours of mammals, birds and insects. He was commissioned by the magazine The Field to provide a range of natural history illustrations. Lord Rothschild also engaged him to illustrate his scientific publications.

This remarkable watercolour of a Tree kangaroo was based solely on a skin in Rothschild's collection. Using his knowledge of zoology combined with his artistic imagination, Frohawk was able to produce this amazing lifelike representation.

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