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Image number: RS.9584
Credit: © The Royal Society

The Dodo

Date

1848

After

Roelandt Savery (1576-1639, Flemish), Draftsman

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 245mm
width (print): 313mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Study of the Dodo, [Raphus cucullatus], the extinct flightless bird from Mauritius. The bird appears with a rock bearing the artist’s name: ROELANDT. SAVERY FE 1626.”

Inscribed below “Fac-simile of Savery’s picture of the DODO, in the Royal Gallery at Berlin.”

Frontispiece and plate 1 from The Dodo and its kindred; or the history, affinities, and osteology of the Dodo, Solitaire, and other extinct birds of the islands of Mauritius, Rodriguez and Bourbon, by H.E.Strickland and A.G.Melville (London, 1848). An additional descriptive detail appears in the list of plates “...Roland Savery’s figure of the Dodo in his picture of the Fall of Adam...” [Strickland p.135]. Although the authors are very specific about many of the drawings, reproduction techniques and artists employed for the other plates in the book, the printmaker for this illustration is not stated.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Africa
      > Mauritius