Episode 12 - McCoy's specimens: zoological illustrations of Victoria

April 7, 2009 16:22 by andi

Superb 19th century zoological illustrations of natural history specimens are a visual delight and it may seem like an odd topic for a podcast as it take us to the limits of the audio medium.  At Access all Areas we aren’t scared to go there, trust me when you hear the stories and dramas behind these 19th century pictures you’ll never look at these zoological illustrations the same way again. The best thing about the audio medium is that it captures, not only the telling of the ‘1000 words behind every picture’, but the passion that people have about their museum work.I hope this podcast paints a world of wonder for you.

Yours in sound and vision, Dr Andi

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Fredrick McCoy | John Kean and Bec Carland | Unpublished Drawing Number 209 of a Tasmanian Blenny Parablennius tasmanianus, pencil, watercolour and ink on paper by lithographer Arthur Bartholomew 1861Fredrick McCoy | John Kean and Bec Carland | Unpublished Drawing Number 209 of a Tasmanian Blenny Parablennius tasmanianus, pencil, watercolour and ink on paper by lithographer Arthur Bartholomew 1861

Show notes

Museum Victoria resources

Visit Caught and Coloured where you can immerse your self in the fabulous Prodromus images

Find out about Sir Frederick McCoy's Medals and this page will also take you to other links about this fascinating man.

Find our about ‘The Artists’ who worked for the Museum back in the late 1800s

More information

The Thomas Ramsay Sciences and Humanities fellowship is awarded to an applicant whose research proposal creatively connects the science and humanities.  (Soon to be updated on the MV website)

Credits

John Kean – Producer, MV studios and former Thomas Ramsey fellow
Bec Carland – Curator, History and Technology department
Robert Menzies – reading of Fredrick McCoy’s account of the white pointer shark

Technical

Archie CuthbertsonPodcast Recording Services


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