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Philip Reinagle RA, A bright pink and white shell

A bright pink and white shell

Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)

RA Collection: Art

On free display in Collection Gallery

The Royal Academy's collection of Philip Reinagle drawings includes many studies of shells, probably drawn from the collection of Sir Ashton Lever.

Lever began to collect sea shells around 1760. He bought a large consignment from a ship at Dunkirk and with these formed the core of a natural history collection which eventually included fossils and both live and stuffed birds. The collection was was published in George Shaw's Museum Leverianum, containing Select Specimens from the Museum of the late Sir Ashton Lever, Kt.', 1792-96 which included a large number of hand-coloured engraved plates by Reinagle and other artists.

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Object details

Title
A bright pink and white shell
Artist/designer
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil and watercolour on off-white laid paper
Dimensions

116 mm x 100 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/1048
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Gilbert Bakewell Stretton 1949
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