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Image number: RS.8498
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Royal chambers of a termite colony

Date

ca. 1781

Creator

Henry Smeathman (1742-1786, British), Naturalist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 241mm
width (painting): 302mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Plate 8 figures 1-4 from the paper “Some account of the termites, which are found in Africa and other hot climates”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society vol.71 part 1 1781 pp.139-192. Four figures showing sectional views of the royal chamber within a termite hill and its entrance, together with studies of a broken-open chamber with Queen and retinue. Headed “Drawing 4” and inscribed below with figure details and captions. Signed lower right “Hen: Smeathman del.”

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