image MS_131_80
Image number: RS.16408
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Conjoined puppies

Date

1700

Creator

Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p80

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 380mm
width (paper): 297mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > dog
nature
   > animal

Description

Two studies, above and below, of conjoined puppies showing a single head but two sets of back legs and tails. Inscribed: 'A monstrous pupe shewne to y. Society May [169- erased] 1700.' Not signed. Numbered verso, '20'.

Details of the dog are given in the Royal Society’s Journal Book [JBO/10] at a meeting of 29 May 1700: 'A person shew’d a monstrous puppy; it had one head, a large tongue, 2 hinder bodys, 7 legs [...] it was hurt in y. coming into y. world, and lived only 3 hours. The person was desired to leave it, that a figure of it might be taken by Mr. Hunt.' The image was presented at the subsequent Society meeting, 5 June 1700: 'Mr Hunt brought the draught of the monstrous puppy, which was very well approved of'.

Transcription

a monstrous puppe shewne to ye society May 1700; verso, at the bottom: 20
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

29 May 1700: 'A person shewed a monstrous puppy, it had one head, a large tongue, 2 hinder bodys, 7 legs, one of the fore legs two feet in one, it was hurt in the coming into the world, and lived only 3 hours. The person was desired to leave it, that a figure of it might be taken by Mr Hunt. Mr Hunt was desired to take a sketch of the skeleton of whales' (JBC/9/213).

29 May: 'to a man that shewd a monstrous puppy 0-2-6 [0 pounds, 2 shillings, 6 pence]' (AB1/1/3).

5 June 1700: 'Mr Hunt brought the Draught of the monstrous puppy which was very well approved of' (JBC/9/214).

Associated place

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