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    The blue jay

    Date
    1731
    Creator
    Mark Catesby (1683 - 1749, British) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    18894
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 255mm
    width (print): 350mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Biology
       > Botany
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    nature
       > plant
    Description
    Pica glandaria caerulea cristata’, the blew jay / crested jay, perched on a branch of the ‘Smilax laevis lauri folio baccis nigris’, the bay-leaved smilax (Catesby’s identifications; modern scientific names: Cyanocitta cristata, the blue jay; Smilax laurifolia, the laurel greenbriar).

    Plate 15 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.10464
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