22c. Carnegie’s Diplodocus in the British Museum, 1905


When King Edward VII of England visited Andrew Carnegie’s castle in Scotland, he saw a picture of the recently mounted Diplodocus carnegiei in Pittsburgh, and he supposedly asked for a replica for the British Museum.  Carnegie obliged, commissioning molds from the original bones and producing five full-sized plaster replicas of “Dippy.”  The first of these was presented to the British Museum in 1905 in a grand ceremony; the other replicas later went to Italy, Austria, Germany, and France.


Holland, William J. "The presentation of a reproduction of Diplodocus carnegiei to the trustees of the British Museum," in: Annals of the Carnegie Museum, vol. 3 (1905), pp. 443-452. This work is part of our History of Science Collection, but it was NOT included in the original exhibition.

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