image MS_131_2
Image number: RS.16330
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Drawing of a doctorfish

Date

1699-1700

Creator

Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p2

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 182mm
width (paper): 296mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Description

Side view of a Doctorfish [?Acanthuridae] inscribed above in ink: 'A Doctor Fish taken at the Isle of Sall being half as bigg as the life.'

This is one of a set of sketches Edmond Halley made during his voyage to the South Atlantic as Captain of the Paramore (September 1699 to September 1700), which was tasked to take readings of the variations of the magnetic needle in the Atlantic Ocean to improve navigation (Alan H. Cook, Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 256-91).

Halley arrived at the Isle of Sal on 21 October 1699, See The Three Voyages of Edmond Halley in the Paramore, 1698-1701, ed. by J. Norman and W. Thrower, 2 vols (London: Hakluyt Society, 1981), I, 132-33.

On his return, Halley submitted his sketches to a meeting of the Royal Society on 6 November 1700. They were placed in the Repository.

Transcription

A Doctor Fish taken at the Isle of Sall being half as bigg as the life
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 6 November 1700, '[Captain Halley] produced several sketches of fishes, and of the Batavian Islands, for which he was thanked, and the sketches ordered to be put into the Repository. The fishes were of two sorts of flying fish &c.' (JBO/10/198).

Related Fellows

Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Associated place

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