image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 117
Image number: RS.17536
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Chinese jacana’

Date

1787

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 190mm
width (print): 244mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Pheasant-tailed jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) a water-bird native to Asia. The specimen is shown on land, but with water behind.

Plate 117 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXVII’; and below ‘Chinese Jacana.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘Inhabits India, where it is called Vuppi-pi. From the drawings of Lady Impey…’

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

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom