RARE, ANTIQUE, COPPER ENGRAVED PRINT
This 215 year old print is from "GENERAL ZOOLOGY or SYSTEMATIC NATURAL HISTORY " by George Shaw from 1800. It was published by G. Kearsley of London and was engraved by Mr. Heath.
George Shaw (1751 - 1813) was an English botanist and zoologist. He was born at Bierton, Buckinghamshire and was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, receiving his M.A. in 1772. He took up the profession of medical practitioner. In 1786 he became the assistant lecturer in botany at Oxford University. He was a co-founder of the Linnean Society in 1788, and became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1789.
In 1791 Shaw became assistant keeper of the natural history department at the British Museum, succeeding Edward Whitaker Gray as keeper in 1806. He found that most of the items donated to the museum by Hans Sloane were in very bad condition. Medical and anatomical material was sent to the museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, but many of the stuffed animals and birds had deteriorated and had to be burnt. The pay from the museum was so poor that Shaw had to spend much of his time writing, and thus neglected the upkeep of the collection.
Shaw published one of the first English descriptions with scientific names of several of the common Australian animals in his "Zoology of New Holland" (1794). He was among the first scientists to examine a platypus and published the first scientific description of it in The Naturalist's Miscellany in 1799.
This copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" on a page that is about 8 1/4" x 5" It is in good condition with minor age toning . It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
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"COMMON SEAL & PIED SEAL"
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