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Image number: RS.14129
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Shell specimens




Peter Brown (1758-1799, British), Illustrator

Object type

Library reference




height (print): 199mm
width (print): 270mm


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Conchological study of eight shell types. Includes, in some cases, depictions of both their external and internal surfaces.

Figures one and two: The Limpet (Patella vulgate)
Figures three, four and five: The Whelk (Buccinum undatum)
Figures six and seven: The Spider Shell (Lambis lambis)
Figures eight and nine: The Large Cockle (Cerastoderma edule)
Figure ten: Two lids of Univalves (Radius volva)
Figure eleven: The Barnacle (Cirripedia)
Figure twelve: A group of Acorn Shells, a barnacle of the genus Balanus
Figures thirteen, fourteen and fifiteen: The teeth of a Bivalve (Bivalvia)

Plate one from Emanuel Mendes da Costa’s book Elements of conchology: or, an introduction to the knowledge of shells, 1776. Inscribed above: ‘PL. I’

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791) naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1747.

Peter Brown (active 1758-1799) British naturalist and natural history illustrator illustrated Mendes da Costa's Elements of conchology.

Object history

Volume donated to the Royal Society by Ronald Winckworth, British natural historian, 1942.

Related Fellows

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791), Naturalist