Document ReferenceMi LM 25
TitleCollection of water-colour and printed drawings of fish; n.d. late 17th-early 18th century
Date Of Creationlate 17th-early 18th century
Extentc.80 items
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Content DescriptionThe series of c.80 items has been brought together from different sources. It includes watercolour and pen and ink drawings and engravings. Some appear to have been purchased or created by Francis Willughby (1635-1672) and his associates during his Continental journey, 1663-65; others may have been commissioned for him. Some items clearly date from after the death of Willughby, including a number of proof plates for the Historia Piscium annotated by John Ray.

In addition, the collection includes a small number of drawings of mammals and lizards, some at least of which were probably purchased by Willughby in Rome, and bear his identifications.
Physical DescriptionThe illustrations are now preserved as loose sheets. Some evidence of their origin survives in boards and binding stubs which relate to a point when they were kept together as a collection.
Publication NoteReference: 'Francis Willoughby, F.R.S. (1635-1672)', by Mary A. Welch., Journal of the Society for the Biblography of Natural History (1972) 6, pp. 80-81, for further description of the contents and their sources.
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