image trembley, a_memoires---polypes_1744_p149
Image number: RS.10519
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Abraham Trembley and pupils collecting hydra

Date

1744

Creator

Jacobus van der Schley (1715-1779, Dutch), Printmaker

After

Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759, Dutch), Artist

Object type

Library reference

22248

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 72mm
width (print): 124mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape
nature
   > animal
      > dog

Description

Landscape view showing the naturalist Abraham Trembley collecting specimens from a moat or canal, using a net. His two pupils, the sons of Count Willem Bentinck (1704-1774) sit beside him with a dog behind. The water feature is within a waled and tree-lined garden at Zorgvlied near the Hague in the Netherlands.

Vignette from Memoires pour server a l’histoire d’un genre de polypes d’eau douce...by Abraham Trembley (Leiden, 1744), p.149.

The plate is inscribed: “C.Pronck del. ad viv. 1744. J. V. Schley sculp.”

The Swiss natural historian Abraham Trembley (1710-1784) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1743. His book, from which this plate is taken, gives an account of experiments with freshwater hydra, or polyps, seen here being collected.

Associated place

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   > Europe
      > Switzerland
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   > Europe
      > Netherlands