A Young Crocodile drawn from the Life in London, October, 1739/ The Sea Toad from Barbot; An Ancornet or Scuttle Fish; The only bone of a Scuttle Fish, almost Transparent

Method Copper engraving with hand colouring
Artist Isaac Basire after C. Lampriere
Published For the London Magazine [c. 1745]
Dimensions Image 168 x 267 mm, Sheet 182 x 284 mm
Notes A depiction of a young crocodile on the shore with a fortress and two boats on the sea behind him. Another plate underneath with a sea toad, a scuttle fish and the bone of a scuttle fish.

This crocodile was drawn from life by C. Lampire in 1739. The print was published in Thomas Astley and John Green's 'A new General Collection of Voyages and travels : consisting of the most esteemed relations which have been hitherto published in any language : comprehending every thing remarkable in its Kind, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America' c.1745. The original publication line has been erased and the print was reused in The London Magazine c. 1745. The London Magazine (1732-present) is a long running British periodical, which has published on numerous and diverse topics during its various iterations. The original series was established as a opponent to the Conservative Gentleman's Magazine, and ran until 1785. Later series ran from 1820-1829, 1875-1879, and 1900-1930. The current London Magazine was revived in 1954 under John Lehmann.

Isaac Basire (1704 - 1768) was an English engraver who started a dynasty of engravers in London. He was the father of James Basire (1730-1802) and grandfather of James Basire II (1769-1822). Isaac Basire worked mainly on maps and book illustrations, often in collaboration with the publisher John Nourse (1705-1780).

Condition: Two pressed vertical folds as issued. Trimmed within plate mark. Sporadic hand colouring, faded.
Framing unmounted
Price £75.00
Stock ID 43838