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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
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9969
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