image MS_131_81
Image number: RS.16409
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Conjoined kittens

Date

30 June 1686

Creator

Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p81

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 300mm
width (paper): 185mm

Subject

Biology
   > Anatomy
Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > cat
nature
   > animal

Description

A drawing of a 'monstrous' kitten, with inscription, by Henry Hunt. It was shown on 30 June 1686 to the Royal Society, where it was described as 'having two faces joining together at the eyes'.

Transcription

Under the drawing: a cat del. Per HNT.
At the bottom: '19'
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 30 June, 1686, 'A monstrous kitten was produced, having two faces joining together at the eyes, which was in the middle of the common face, and was composed of the meeting of two eyes. Upon dissecting it was found to have but one oesophagus and one aspera arteria, the two mouths joining in one common cavity. The entrails were all single; only the spina dorsi appeared double, the compages of the bones of the skull and spine being most remarkable. It was ordered, that a skeleton should be made thereof' (Birch 4:492).

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom