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    ‘Turbo helicinus’ snail shell

    Date
    1785
    Creator
    John Agnew (British) , Gardener
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 225mm
    width (painting): 185mm
    Subject
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
    Description
    Plate 3 figures 1-4 from the paper “An account of some minute British shells, either not duly observed, or totally unnoticed by Authors. In a letter to Sir Joseph Banks...”, by John Lightfoot, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.76 (1786), pp.160-170.

    Four figures of a land snail shell discovered on bare stones near Bullstrode in Buckinghamshire. Figures 1-2 show the shell at life size. Figures 3-4 are magnified views of the shell in different orientations.

    John Lightfoot stated in his paper [p.168] that specimens were found “by Mr Agnew, Gardener to the late Duchess Dowager of Portland; by whose sagacity all the preceding shells were discovered, and by whose faithful pencil they were drawn”.

    Inscribed in ink with the title and a numbered key to the figures. Not signed.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9819
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