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Image number: RS.8499
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Termite colony nurseries

Date

ca. 1781

Creator

Henry Smeathman (1742-1786, British), Naturalist

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 287mm
width (painting): 242mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Plate 8 figures 5-7 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. Two studies of termite nurseries with one microscope view of mould grown within the termite colony. Headed “Drawing 5” and extensively annotated in pencil with instructions on the production of the finished plate. Headed “Drawing 5” and inscribed below with figure details and captions. Signed lower right “Hen: Smeathman del:” Watermarked “GR”.

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