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Image number: RS.9969
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‘The Black Maucauco’ [Black lemur]

Date

1756

Creator

George Edwards (1694-1773, British), Ornithologist

Object type

Library reference

38029

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 286mm
width (print): 220mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Zoological study of a Black lemur (Eulemur macaco) from Madagascar. The animal is shown on all fours, one forepaw resting on fruit.

Plate 217 from chapter 7 of Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants, &c..., by George Edwards, volume 1 (London, for the author, 1758). Described by Edwards in his accompanying text: “This beast is of the size of the smaller sort of house-cat: it is a very sociable, gentle, harmless-natured animal...The print was sketched on the plate from the living animal. It is a native of Madagascar...I was informed, that it was a female...It is now living (A.D.1755) and is the property of Mr. Critington, Clerk to the Society of Surgeons, London, who favoured me with the use of it at my house, to take a drawing at my leisure...”

The plate is inscribed: “The Black Maucauco from Madagascar. Geo.Edwards Delin. et sculp AD 1756.”

Associated place

<The World>
   > Africa
      > Madagascar