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George Kearsley hand coloured lithograph of a Tapir

George Kearsley hand coloured lithograph of a Tapir

Code: 10216

£30.00 free postage

Natural History Lithograph 1808 By G Kearsley . .

Shaw, George Kearsley 1751 - 1813

Shaw 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. He was succeeded after his death by his assistant Charles Konig.

Shaw published one of the first English descriptions with scientific names of several Australian animals in his Zoology of New Holland first published in 1794. He was among the first scientists to examine a platypus and published the first scientific description of it in The Naturalists Miscellany in 1799. In the field of herpetology he described numerous new species of reptiles and amphibians.


A superb hand coloured lithograph from G Kearsley 1808 original,this is a rare original hand coloured plate not a reproduction.

Shows the Tapir and another strange animal ?

Unmatted ready to frame

General age related toning

15 x 24 cm