Pecten opercularis - Scallop

Description
Enlarged drawing of a common British scallop (Aequipecten opercularis), with the valves of the shell partly open showing the eyes which shine like precious stones when they catch the light as the shell gapes. The filaments forming the mantle fringe are very sensitive organs of touch. This drawing is similar to the scallop depicted on plate 2 of PH Gosse’s book ‘A year at the shore’.
Accession Loan No.
809/1997/54
Collection Class
Drawings
Medium
coloured chalks on paper painted black
Common Name
Pecten opercularis - Scallop
Simple Name
drawing
Full Name
Pecten opercularis - Scallop
Dimensions
image H 576 mm; image length 450 mm; total sheet H 608 mm; total sheet length 480 mm
Production Person Surname
Gosse
Production Person Initials
Philip Henry
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
1850
Production Year High
1880
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Europe
Family Group

Inscription / Transcription
Enlarged drawing of a common British Scallop (pecten opercularis), with the valves of the shell partly open showing the eyes and fringed edge of the mantle. The eyes shine like precious stones, and are placed along the edges of the mantle so as to catch the light when the shell gapes, and the filaments forming the mantle fringe are very sensitive organs of touch. Drawing by the late Philip Henry Gosse FRS.; pecten operc.; Bottom lift 5 N3

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