image intellectual observer_october 1863_plate 1
Image number: RS.12341
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘The Blue Cyanaea’

Date

1863

Creator

After

Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888, British), Illustrator

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 208mm
width (print): 135mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Underwater scene showing the Blue jellyfish Cyanea lamarckii a pelagic ocean dweller from around the coasts of the British Isles.

Plate accompanying the paper ‘The blue cyanaea’, by Philip Henry Gosse, The Intellectual Observer, October 1863, pp.149-157. Inscribed below: ‘The Blue Cyanaea. P.H. Gosse del.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘The specimen whose portrait accompanies this little memoir lived for two or three days only, in a glass vase of sea-water…A very gorgeous object was the Cyanaea in captivity. The whole umbrella was of a fine rich blue, possessing a sapphirine brilliance and transparency, especially when the slanting rays of the setting sun shone horizontally through the mass, as it floated in its glass prison on our drawing-room table…’

Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) was a populariser of marine biology and an aquarium inventor. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1856.

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