‘Harlequin humming-bird’

    Date
    1787
    Creator
    John Latham (1740 - 1837, British) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    48050
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 244mm
    width (print): 190mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    Description
    Ornithological study, described here as the Harlequin hummingbird and elsewhere as Troquilus multicolour. The original specimen in the British Museum was later considered a composite or fabricated bird. Here, the creature is posed on the twig of a tree.

    Plate 111 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXI’; and below ‘Harlequin Humming-Bird.’

    In the associated description, the author states: ‘Among the drawings of Colonel Davies, I observe one of these which measures full five inches…The plate herewith given is a good representation.’

    John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.
    Associated place
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       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.17532
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