image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 132
Image number: RS.17557
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘White-headed finch’

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 Diamond firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) a bird native to Australia. Shown perched on a low tree branch with rocks and vegetation.

Plate 132 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXII.’; and below ‘White-headed Finch. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’ The initial ‘L’ appears on the plate, faintly.

In the associated description, the author states: ‘Inhabits New South Wales. From the drawings of General Davies. Among the drawings of Mr. Lambert, I find a bird greatly corresponding with the above…’

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

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia