image CLP_15i_36_005
Image number: RS.15195
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Observations of a Surinam toad

Date

18th century

Creator

Unknown, Artist

After

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717, German), Printmaker

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p5

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 208mm
width (page): 265mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > toad

Description

A graphite drawing of the female Surinam toad or pipa toad, which carries its young on its back. This drawing, signed at the bottom right in graphite 'RR del[ineavit]', is related to Maria Sibylla Merian's depiction of the same (c. 1701-05). Prints of Merian's drawings of Surinam flora and fauna were exhibited to the Royal Society at its meeting on 14 July 1703 in order to solicit subscriptions for her book, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (1705). Hans Sloane, FRS and collector, owned a set of Merian's drawings, which are now in the British Museum.

Transcription

At the top in ink 'Figu[ura] a[nima];is cuiusdam exotici. The surinam Toad'.
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

14 July 1703, 'Some new engraven prints of plants & insects of Surinam by Madam Sibylla Mariana Graffen were shewn. Many persons present approv’d of the design and promis’d to subscribe towards it' (JBO/11/28).

Associated place

<The World>
   > South America
      > Suriname