Sir Richard Owen, English zoologist and palaentologist, late 19th century.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Sir Richard Owen, English zoologist and palaentologist, late 19th century.

Rye, E C

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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'Ye Paleontographical Society', engraving by E C Rye of a privately printed satire of Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892) holding a dinner party for various dinosaurs of different species. Standing at the back of the table Owen is carving a dodo for his guests to eat. A note at the front of the image reads 'please do not eat your bones but save them for prof. Owen'. Owen was born in Lancaster and became the first director of the Natural History Museum in 1881. He was the preminent zoologist of his day and coined the term 'dinosaur' meaning 'terrible lizard'.
 

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