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    ‘The Patagonian Penguin’

    Date
    1792
    Creator
    James Fittler (1758 - 1835, British) , Engraver
    After
    Charles Reuben Ryley (1747 - 1798, 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 a King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), shown in a landscape with a colony of other birds in the background.

    Plate 34 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: “This curious species is a native of the southern hemisphere, and is principally found about [the] Falkland Islands.”

    The plate is inscribed: “C.R.Ryley del. J.Fittler sculp. PINGUINARIA PATACHONICA. THE PENGUIN. Published. as the Act directs.July 2. 1792. 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.10533
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