Landscape with termite hills Henry Smeathman
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Landscape with termite hills
Landscape view of one intact and one sectioned termite [isoptera] hill in Sierra Leone, Africa. The hills show turrets, nurseries and a royal chamber. A labourer with a pick axe stands in between and points to the termite hill to their left.
Plate 7 from the paper Henry Smeathson’s “Some account of the termites, which are found in Africa and other hot climates”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society vol.71 part 1 1781 pp.139-192.
Henry Smeathman (1742–1786) English naturalist, known for his work in entomology and colonial settlement in Sierra Leone. In 1771 John Fothergill (1712-1780), along with two other members of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) and Marmaduke Tunstall (1743-1790), sponsored Smeathman to spend four years in and around the Sierra Leone peninsula studying its natural history, specifically its insects. His research relied heavily on individuals involved in slave-trading networks for support and assistance.
- Image reference: RS-8497
- The Royal Society
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