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    The Cuban amazon

    Date
    1731
    Creator
    Mark Catesby (1683 - 1749, British) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    18894
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 350mm
    width (print): 260mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Biology
       > Botany
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    nature
       > plant
    Description
    Psitticus paradisi’, the parrot of paradise of Cuba, perched on a branch of the ‘Frutex lauri folio pendulo’, the red-wood (Catesby’s identifications; modern scientific names: Amazona leucocephala, the Cuban parrot; Colubrina elliptica, the soldierwood).

    Plate 10 from volume I of The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, by Mark Catesby (London, 1731). This was the first natural history book to use folio-sized colour plates. Catesby etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

    Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the British colonies in North America. His research is known to have relied on the knowledge and labour of enslaved African peoples and indigenous peoples.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > North America
          > United States
    <The World>
       > North America
          > Bahamas
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.10459
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