image MS_68_007
Image number: RS.17195
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Decorative border

Date

17th century

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p7

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 241mm
width (page): 323mm

Subject

Description

A calligraphic sample book, presumably compiled to demonstrate the skills of the unknown artist. Contains samples of writing and drawing styles, including some fine natural history drawings of freshwater animals.

Fol. 1: fanciful decorative border including vignettes of Indigenous peoples of the Americas with feather headdresses, birds, snails, rams' heads, sphinxes, architectural columns, candles and paintings.

The presentation is noted in a meeting of the Royal Society of 26 February 1700/1: 'Mr Owen was permitted to be present. He presented a fine piece of writing in a book done on Vellum at Dantzick [Gdansk, Poland]. He was thanked for it' (JBO/10/212).

Object history

26 February 1701, 'Mr Owen was permitted to be present. He presented a fine piece of writing in a book done on Vellum at Dantzick. He was thanked for it' (JBO/10/212).

Associated place

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