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Image number: RS.11816
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Common lobster

Date

1762

Creator

J Rhodius (fl. 1760s, Dutch), Illustrator

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 210mm
width (print): 405mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Marine zoological studies of the Common, or European lobster, Homarus gammarus (here styled Astacum marinum). Figures 1-2 show the whole animal. Figure 3 shows seventeen of anatomical details. The accompanying text describes the specimen as a male crustacean, brought from Norway. The biggest of these lobsters was measured at twenty-six inches from head to tail.

Plate 1 from Opuscula subseciva, observations miscellaneas de animalculis et plantis…Tom. II. Liber I, by Job Baster (Haarlem, 1762). The plate is inscribed above ‘TAB.I’ and below: ‘J. Rhodius ad viv. pinxit.’

Job Baster (1711-1775) Dutch physician and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1738.

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