|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|
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.