image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 112
Image number: RS.17533
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Capital tanager’

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, possibly the Black-headed weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus) or the Village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) birds native to Africa. The specimen is shown perched on a branch, with village and mountain scenery behind.

Plate 112 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXII’; and below ‘Capital Tanager.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘I met with this among the drawings of Sir Ashton Lever. Native place uncertain.’

John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.

Associated place

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