image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 139
Image number: RS.17566
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Semipalmated goose with the trachea’

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 Magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) a waterbird native to Australia. Shown on open ground. With an inset anatomical detail of the bird’s trachea.

Plate 139 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXIX’; and below ‘Semipalmated Goose with the Trachea. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’ The initial ‘L’ appears on the plate.

In the associated description, the author states: ‘For the drawing of the bird, we are indebted to our friend Mr. Lambert, and for the trachea, to Mr. Heaviside, in whose Museum…may be seen well-preserved specimens of this organ. Inhabits New Holland, being found in flocks near the Hawksbury River, and called the New South Wales Goose.’

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

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia