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Image number: RS.9984
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‘The Grey Water-wagtail, and the Water-Lizard’

Date

1757

Creator

George Edwards (1694-1773, British), Ornithologist

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

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

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird
nature
   > animal
      > insect
nature
   > animal
      > lizard

Description

Study of the Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea in the act of catching an insect. The bird is posed on a rock surrounded by water and with plants. A newt swims in the water below.

Plate 259 from chapter 49 of Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants, &c..., by George Edwards, volume 1 (London, for the author, 1758). The author describes his subjects within the text: “The print represents this bird of its natural size...This is the cock bird, and hath not till now been figured or described: it was shot near London and given to me to draw...The Water Lizard...is drawn from nature, of the size of life. I believe it is found in England, having bought it in spirits at an auction of the late Mrs. Kennon’s curiosities.”

The plate is inscribed: “The Grey Water-Wagtail and the Water Lizard, Drawn from Nature bignes of Life. G. Edwards delin et Sculp. AD 1757.”

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