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Philip Reinagle RA, The snail with a soldier crab in it

The snail with a soldier crab in it

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

The snail with a soldier crab in it
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
Object type
Pencil and watercolour on off-white laid paper

88 mm x 118 mm

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