[Irish Great Elk.]Skeleton of the great Elk, Cervus Gigantius Godfuss found in Marl under Peat, in Ireland and now in the Museum of the Royal Dublin Society 10 feet 4 Inches high to the tip of the Horns.
Lithograph, very rare. Sheet: 280 x 390mm (11 x 15¼"). Some surface dirt.
An depiction of a skeleton of an Irish Elk, a species of megaloceros or 'giant deer' which became extinct during the last ice-age. Though the megaloceros is in fact a 'giant deer' the name 'Irish Elk' seems to have stuck due to the enormous quantity of specimens discovered in the peat bogs of Ireland. The Natural History Museum in Dublin currently houses three skeletons aquired in 1824, 1867 and 1877. In 1999 the species appeared on stamps issued for An Post along with serveral other extinct Irish animals.
[Ref: 33924] £360.00