Native Cat

Native Cat

This sketch of a Quoll, or Native Cat, was referenced from an image produced by the Kerry studio for a series of postcards. In the mid 1800’s—1920’s documenting these specimens with early cameras presented many obstacles. In order to capture an aesthetically pleasing composition and pose, whilst keeping a subject perfectly still for long exposures, it was a general practice for the photographer to work along side a taxidermists, many of whom were women. Ironically this produced the earliest, most life-like photographs of our Australia wildlife. The original postcard was shot by Charles Kerry for Kerry and Co, for the Tyrell Collection. Resource: Powerhouse Museum, posted Kathy Hackett.