'Ornithological Society House, St James Park', c 1845.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Vignette from a lithographic plate showing a woman and two children feeding birds in the lake at St James' Park, London. The Ornithological Society House can be seen in the background. Ornithology is the scientific study of birds. In Victorian times, St James' Park was home to one of the largest collections of water birds. Taken from 'The Swan, Goose and Duck' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - showing their utility to man in their services during life, and uses after death' (1845), illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas and published by Thomas Varty. Printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day and Haghe.