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Image number: RS.11232
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Larva of Dytiscus

Date

1832

Creator

William Kelsall (flourished 1830s, British), Engraver

After

C R Goring (1792-1840, British), Physician

Object type

Library reference

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Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 208mm
width (page): 126mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Natural history studies of the aquatic larva of the water beetle family Dysticus. The insect is represented at life size and under magnification. The accompanying text described the specimen as ‘Larva of a small species of Dytiscus, called the Crocodile…’

The image is inscribed above: ‘Plate 1. Pritchard’s Microscopic Cabinet.’ Inscribed below: ‘Dr. Goring del. W.Kelsall sc. Published for the Author, April, 1832.’ From the book The microscopic cabinet of select animated objects: with a description of the jewel and doublet microscope, test objects, &c. by Andrew Pritchard and C R Goring (London, Whitaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1832).



Object history

Andrew Pritchard (1804-1882) was a British microscopist who produced microscopes with lenses ground from diamond and other gemstones, selling these and microscope slides. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.