image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 137
Image number: RS.17563
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘American rhea’

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 a rhea, probably the Greater rhea (Rhea americana), the flightless bird native to South America. Shown on open ground.

Plate 137 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXVII’; and below ‘American Rhea. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘We believe that no other specimen has yet been seen in England, besides that in the Leverian Museum, which appears to be about an half-grown bird, and which the figure we give of it has been taken.’

John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.48050

Associated place