image MS_131_90
Image number: RS.16417
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Lumpfish

Date

1685-86

Creator

Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p90

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 365mm
width (paper): 246mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish
nature
   > animal

Description

Side view of the lumpfish, Cyclopterus lumpus. Reversed image (and therefore an original illustration for) De Historia Piscium by Francis Willughby and John Ray (Oxford, 1686), tab. N11, where it is styled 'Lumpus Anglorum'. This version is inscribed, 'Lumpus Anglorum HHT. ad vivum delin.' (Henry Hunt as drawn to the life).

Transcription

Top right: Lumpus Anglorum HHT ad vivum delin.
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

The Royal Society financially supported the posthumous publication of Francis Willughby's Historia piscium (1686), which required textual supplement and additions by John Ray, Tancred Robinson and Martin Lister. Lister was also instrumental in gathering drawings from various sources to illustrate the text. This drawing by Henry Hunt was for the 'Lumpus Anglorum' (tab. N11), whose English name was given in the text as the lump or sea owl, or 'Cock-paddle' in Scottish (p. 208). This publication was a financial flop for the Society.

Related Fellows

Martin Lister (1639-1712, British), Physician
Francis Willughby (1635-1672, British), Naturalist
Tancred Robinson (1655-1748, British), Physician

Associated place

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