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Image number: RS.14132
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 nine shells from the Buccinidae family.

Figure one: The Gevers’s Trophin Shell (Trophon geversianus)
Figure two – The Wry-mouthed Whelk Shell, listed as ‘The Grimace’, (Tritia teticulata)
Figure three – Listed as the ‘Tiara or Papal Crown’ Shell (Buccinum unverified)
Figure four – The Crane Shell (Buccinum longifolia)
Figure five – The Thorny Woodcock Shell (Murex ternispina)
Figure six – The Joppa Whelk (Buccinum spiratum)
Figure seven – The Needle Shell (Buccinum unverified)
Figures eight and nine – Giant Tun Shells (Tonna Galea)
Figure ten – The Helmet Shell (Cassidae)

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

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