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Image number: RS.8501
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Termites

Date

ca. 1781

Creator

Henry Smeathman (1742-1786, British), Naturalist

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 224mm
width (painting): 165mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect

Description

Plate 10 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. Twenty-five figures illustrating different species of termite, identified by Smeathman as: Termes bellicosus; Termes mordax; Termes atrox; and Termes destructor. The figures show queens, males, workers and soldiers with occasional details of insect heads and mandibles. The painting is headed “Tab 10” with publication, plate and figure details inscribed. Inscribed in pencil, lower left “Hen: Smeathman, del” and “Basire sc”.

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