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Image number: RS.10534
Credit: © The Royal Society
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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

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.

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