Title: Engraving of ‘Proteo-saurus’, an ichthyosaur from Lyme Regis

Creator: William Clift, James Basire

Description: Ichthyosaurs were large marine reptiles. The fossil on which this image is based was found in 1818, and was owned by Lt-Col Thomas James Birch, who is likely to have acquired it from Mary Anning. The actual specimen, along with Birch’s collection, was sold in aid of Anning and her family. It was purchased by the Royal College of Surgeons for the sum of £100, but was destroyed in an air raid in May 1941.

The engraving was made by James Basire from a drawing by William Clift (the drawing is held by the Royal Society), and published in Everard Home’s ‘An account of the fossil skeleton of the Proteosaurus’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.109 (1819), pp.209-211.

Date: 1819

Format: Engraving

Archive reference: LDGSL/636

Image reference: 03-08

Recommended print size: Up to 100 x 90cm

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