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Image number: RS.8608
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Heart of the Squalus maximus [Basking shark]




John Howship (1781-1841, British), Surgeon

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height (painting): 250mm
width (painting): 194mm


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   > animal
      > fish


Plate 18 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. Section of the animal's heart. The work is inscribed above with publication and plate details and with the scale "2 Inches to a Foot." There is a faint pencil memo below "NB eee are not marked in this Drawing." The upper right portion of the work has new paper pasted over at figures e-f, presumably to cover an error in the original painting beneath. 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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