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Image number: RS.14133
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Shell specimens

Date

1776

Creator

Peter Brown (1758-1799, British), Illustrator

Object type

Library reference

55207

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

nature
   > landscape
      > shell

Description

Conchological study of seven shell types.

Figure one – The Plough Shell (Bullia digitalis)
Figure two – A Murex Shell (Muricidae unverified)
Figures three and nine – A Volute Shell (Volutidae unverified), listed as an ‘Admiral’
Figures four and seven – A Cone Shell (Conus unverified)
Figure five – A Murex Shell (Muricidae unverified), listed as ‘The Devil’
Figure six – A Purupa Shell (Muricidae unverified), listed as ‘The Skeleton’
Figure eight – A Volute Shell (Volutidae unverified), listed as ‘Flamboyante’

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

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, 1942.

Related Fellows

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791), Naturalist