'Helix fontana' snail shell John Agnew

'Helix fontana' snail shell by John Agnew

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'Helix fontana' snail shell

Plate 2 figures 1-4 from the paper "An account of some minute British shells, either not duly observed, or totally unnoticed by Authors. In a letter to Sir Joseph Banks...", by John Lightfoot, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.76 (1786), pp.160-170. Four figures of a freshwater snail shell discovered in clear spring water on the underside of rotten leaves near Bullstrode in Buckinghamshire. Figures 1-2 show the shell at life size. Figures 3-4 are magnified views of the shell in different orientations. John Lightfoot stated in his paper [p.168] that specimens were found "by Mr Agnew, Gardener to the late Duchess Dowager of Portland; by whose sagacity all the preceding shells were discovered, and by whose faithful pencil they were drawn".

Original: watercolour on paper. 1785

  • Image reference: RS-9817

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