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Image number: RS.8575
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Vertebrae of Squalus maximus [Basking shark]

Date

1809

Creator

William Clift (1775-1849, British), Illustrator

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 378mm
width (painting): 267mm

Subject

Biology
   > Anatomy
Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > fossil
nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Plate 5 from the paper "On the nature of the intervertebral substance in fish and quadrupeds", by Everard Home, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.99 (1809), pp.177-187. A longitudinal section of one of the intervertebral joints of the squalus maximus, after the fluid had been evacuated, and the parts had been steeped in water. According to a later account by Everard Home, the basking shark [Cetorhinus maximus] was caught at Hastings, purchased by Colonel Bothwell and examined by William Clift before parts of it were brought to London. The work is inscribed above with publication and plate details. Not signed. Royal Society stamp verso and an inscription "Plate V. Next plate to Mr Troughton's last."

Object history

An illustration produced for publication in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

Associated place