image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 125
Image number: RS.17550
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Violet Plantain-eater’

Date

1802

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 242mm
width (print): 180mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Violet turaco (Musophaga violacea) a bird native to West Africa. Shown perched on a tree branch.

Plate 125 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXV.’; and below ‘Violet Plantain-eater. Publishd as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘This beautiful bird is found on the plains near the border of rivers, in the province of Acra, in Guinea…I have ventured to assimilate this with the Royal Cuckow of the Leverian Museum…’

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

Associated place