image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 111
Image number: RS.17532
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘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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