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Image number: RS.10038
Credit: © The Royal Society
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‘The Hoopoe’

Date

1761

Creator

George Edwards (1694-1773, British), Ornithologist

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 288mm
width (print): 220mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of a Hoopoe Upupa epops, perched on a low branch with a hill behind.

Plate 345 from chapter 135 of Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants, &c..., by George Edwards, volume 3 (London, for the author, 1764). The author describes the bird within the text: “This Bird was shot in the neighbourhood of London, and given to me by Dr.Reeve, President of the Royal College of Physicians...It is not properly a native of England, tho’ a straggling bird is sometimes taken...It is common in most parts of the Continent of Europe, where I believe it to be a Bird of Passage...”

The plate is inscribed: “Ang, the Hoopoe. Lat, Upupu. Fran, Pupue ou Hupe. Ital, Bubbola. H.Germ, Widehuppe. Drawn from life. G.Edwards Septem 1 AD1759.”

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