Untitled: sea anemone

This chalk drawing of a British sea anemone is by PH Gosse and was probably used as a teaching aid in lectures. It shows the anemone contracted (right) as it would be when exposed to the air or threatened, and expanded (left) which allows it to feed. One of Gosse’s most famous books ‘Actinologia Britannica the British Sea Anemones and Corals’ contains numerous beautifully coloured plates of sea anemones.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
coloured chalks on paper painted black
Common Name
untitled: sea anemone
Simple Name
Full Name
untitled: sea anemone
image H 578 mm; image length 430 mm; total sheet H 607 mm; total sheet length 452 mm
Production Person Surname
Production Person Initials
Philip Henry
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production County
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group

Inscription / Transcription
The two drawings on the upper half of this sheet represent a common British sea-anemone as it appears when contracted and expanded. These animals are commonly found attached to rocks between tide marks and are able to move slowly from place to place. The body is bag shaped and the mouth is surrounded by tentacles used for capturing prey. Sea-anemones are very voracious and grow rapidly, shedding the skin at frequent intervals. Their flower like appearance and beautiful colours render them very attractive objects in an aquarium.; 1 left N

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