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Image number: RS.10041
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‘The Puffin, and the Razor-bill’

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 studies of an Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (Figure 1) and a Razorbill Alca torda (Figure 2). Both are shown in the sea, with line profile studies of their heads.

Plate 358 from chapter 148 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 birds within the text: “The two Birds above-described...breed about the rocks called The Needles, at the westermost point of the Isle of Wight...”

The plate is inscribed: “Fig.I Anas Arctica, the Puffin or Coulternel. Fig.II Alca hoieri, the Razor-bill or Auk. Drawn from life by G.Edwards Aug 7 1761.”

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