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Pectoral fin of the Squalus maximus [Basking shark]




John Howship (1781-1841, British), Surgeon

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height (painting): 204mm
width (painting): 270mm


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Plate 16 from the paper "Additions to an account of the anatomy of the Squalus maximus, contained in a former paper; with observations on the structure of the branchial artery", by Everard Home, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.103 (1813), pp.227-241. From an original specimen caught at Brighton and brought to London for dissection in December 1812. View of the fin dissected to show cartilage arrangement, inscribed "Two inches to a foot": witha detail of the fibrous fin-tip, inscribed "The natural size". An erroneous inscription above, "One Inch to a Foot", has been crossed through. The work is inscribed above with publication and plate details. Signed "J. Howship. Delt." Royal Society stamp verso.

Object history

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

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