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The Diodon of Sowerby
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Stewart, J.; Lizars, W. H.
Place made: United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh
Date made: 1837
Materials: ink; paper; mounted
Measurements: 4 in x 6 1/2 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Color engraving of a beached whale. A bearded man, dressed in simple garments and looking away, is depicted in the near background. A moored small boat with two human figures, as well as four ships, are shown in the far background. The whale, which is referred to as a "Diodon", is further identified in the source text as a "Two-teethed Whale"; however, the genus name "Diodon" is no longer used in modern taxonomy to refer to whales. "Sotherby" refers to one Mr. Sotherby, the naturalist who described this whale.