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The Camel: Its Anatomy, Proportions, And Paces. By Elijah Walton. -

Elijah Walton

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Published By Day & Son, Lithographers To The Queen And To H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales, 6, Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C., 1865.

Physical Description

39, [1] p., frontis., 94 [i.e. 96] pl.; 554 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

Plates 49, 50, are each followed by an additional unnumbered leaf of engraved text.


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Introduction - [Text] - Description Of The Plates. Plate 1(-19) - Proportions Of Camels - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and all plates apart from the two additional unnumbered plates are signed as drawn and lithographed by Elijah Walton, and carry the imprint of Day & Son.

The dedication is by 'An Artist' to Richard Owen.


Surveys of animals in art include C. Nissen, Die Zoologische Buchillustration Geschichte (2 v. 1978); P.S. Dance, The art of natural history: animal illustrators (1978).

Summary Note

All plates show camels or details of their anatomy.

Plates 24, 26-46 are printed in color.

Walton's drawings of the camel are conserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


14 November 1863: 'The Council also subscribed to a proposed work on the Camel by Elijah Walton - Student - price £4.4.0.' (RA Council Minutes, XII, 153). A payment of £4.4.0 to Day & Son 'for Prints' during the first quarter of 1865 was probably in connection with this book which is first listed in 'The Librarian's Report' for 1865 (RA Annual Report for 1865, p. 18).

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth, upper cover lettered 'The Camel By Elijah Walton'; rebacked in red calf in 20th century, spine lettered 'The Camel - Elijah Walton'.


Camels - Animals - Anatomy - Middle East - History
Treatises - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Colour printing - Great Britain - 19th century


Elijah Walton, draughtsman, lithographer
Sir Richard Owen, dedicatee
Day and Son, publisher, lithographic printer