image cuvier g_histoire---poissons_plate 225-226
Image number: RS.12251
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Swordfish

Date

1832

Creator

François Jacques Dequevauviller (1783-1848, French), Engraver

After

Jean-Charles Werner (1798-1856, French), Artist

Object type

Library reference

RCN 34834

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 235mm
width (print): 310mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Two marine zoological studies of the Swordfish Xiphias gladius a fish native to temperate waters of world’s oceans. Figure 1 (above) shows a juvenile, figure 2 (below) the adult fish. Side views.

Plate 225-226 from the book Histoire naturelles des poisons…tome 1-21…by Georges Cuvier and Achille Valenciennes (Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1828-1849).

Each figure is inscribed below ‘ESPADON épée, jeune. XIPHIAS gladius, junior. ESPADON épée, adulte. XIPHIAS gladius, l.’ and attributed ‘Werner del. Impe. de Langlois. Dequevauviller sculp.’

Georges Cuvier (1773-1838), Baron Cuvier, French zoologist, was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1806.

Achille Valenciennes (1794-1865), French zoologist.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Europe
      > France