7c. Two Versions of Hylaeosaurus, 1833 and 1840


The upper image at the left shows Gideon Mantell's Hylaeosaurus fossil in its matrix, as he pictured it in 1833, in The Geology of the South-east of England. The lower image shows its depiction as published in 1840 in the fourth edition of The Wonders of Creation. Both are lithographs, but they are quite different in appearance, which shows that the eye of the artist was a not insignificant intermediary between the actual fossil and the printed image.



Mantell, Gideon. The Geology of the South-east of England. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1833.

Mantell, Gideon. The Wonders of Geology. 4th ed. London: Relfe & Fletcher, 1840. Both these works are part of the Library Collections, but they are NOT on exhibit.

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