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    ‘The Rock Manakin’

    Date
    1791
    Creator
    William Skelton (1763 - 1848, British) , Engraver
    After
    Sarah Stone (1760 - 1844, British) , Painter
    Object type
    Library reference
    R63366
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 280mm
    width (print): 216mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    Description
    Ornithological study of the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola) native to South America, shown perched on a tree branch above a bay or lake. This specimen is a male bird.

    Plate 4 from Museum Leverianum containing select specimens from the museum of the late Sir Ashton Lever...by George Shaw (published by James Parkinson, 1792).

    The accompanying text states that “When in a state of perfection it furnishes perhaps the finest example of the true colour croceus, or golden-orange, of any bird yet discovered...it is principally found in the province of Guiana and Cayenne in South America. The female is strikingly different in point of colour; being a uniform brown...”

    The plate is inscribed: “Mrs. Smith late Miss Stone delin. Skelton sculpt. PIPRA RUPICOLA. THE ROCK MANAKIN. Pubd. as the Act directs Jany.1 1791 by I.Parkinson. Leverian Museum”.
    Object history
    The natural historian George Shaw (1751-1813) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1789. His book, from which this plate is taken, was an account of the collection built up by Sir Ashton Lever FRS (1729-1788). The museum was originally at Leicester House, London and was displayed publically after Lever’s death, moving to a rotunda building near Blackfriars Bridge.
    Associated place
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.10527
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