image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 115
Image number: RS.17534
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Gigantic crane’

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 of the Greater adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius) a variety of stork native to India. The specimen is shown standing on flat greenery.

Plate 115 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXV’; and below ‘Capital Tanager.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘the most faithful representation will be found in the drawings of Lady Impey, under whose inspection it was done from life in India. This singular species is not unfrequent at Bengal, where it arrives before the rainy season comes on, and is called Argala, or Adjutant.’

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

Associated place

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