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Image number: RS.10533
Credit: © The Royal Society
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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

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.

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