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Philip Reinagle RA, Sketch of a murex shell

Sketch of a murex shell, c. 1792

Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)

RA Collection: Art

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

Sketch of a murex shell
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
c. 1792
Object type
Pencil, pen and ink on laid paper

120 mm x 147 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Bequeathed by Gilbert Bakewell Stretton 1949

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