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    ‘The Boat-Bill’

    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 two specimens of the Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius).

    Plate 45 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: “The Boat-bill is a South American bird, and frequents watery places, feeding nearly in the manner of Herons, on fish, frogs,&c.”

    The plate is inscribed: “C.R.Ryley delt. J.Fittler sculp. CANCROMA COCHLEARIA. THE BOAT BILL. Published. as the Act directs.Octr.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.10534
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