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Parrot Skeleton. Ash-coloured Parrot. Griffith 19th century engraving

Parrot Skeleton. Ash-coloured Parrot. Griffith 19th century engraving

by Shaw, George

Wonderful bird skeleton antique print c1811. (The only other fine skeleton we have is of a kangaroo.)

Original copperplate engraving c1811 (later hand-colour), drawn and engraved by M. Griffiths for General Zoology, or, Systematic Natural History, by George Shaw, M.D.F.R.S.&c. "Plates from the first Authorities and most select specimens" were Principally by Mrs. Griffith. Published by George Kearsley, Fleet Street, London between 1800 and 1825. Shaw was a prolific publisher of natural history subjects, compiled from the discoveries of explorers and naturalists around the world - particularly from the new discoveries in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, supplemented by the natural history collections of the British Museum. Like a Cabinet of Wonders, the series introduced hundreds of strange and wonderful life-forms of all descriptions.

After graduating from Oxford University in 1772, and then studying in Edinburgh, George Shaw (1751-1813) qualified as a doctor of medicine, began working in the medical profession in London, but changed careers in 1786 to become assistant lecturer in Botany at Oxford University. In 1788 George Shaw was a co-founder of the Linnean Society, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1789. He was appointed assistant-keeper of the zoological department of the British Museum in 1791, and then keeper - a position he retained until he died.

Page size 8.5 x 5 inches (215 x 125mm)


Stock Number: apGS52Price: $85.00