|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||J. Pass after Johann-Eberhard Ihle|
|Published||Ihle delint. Pass sculpt. London. Published as the Act Directs 13th August 1796, by J. Wilkes|
|Dimensions||Image 235 x 170 mm, Plate 245 x 192 mm, Sheet 281 x 210 mm|
A pair of amphisbaena, commonly known as worm-lizards, from John Wilkes' Encyclopaedia Londinensis. Amphisbaena are so called because of the likeness of their tails to their heads, a feature that invited comparison to the ancient mythological Amphisbaena, a double-headed serpent described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History.
J. Pass (fl. c. 1794-1829) was a British engraver.
Johann-Eberhard Ihle (1727-1814) was a German painter and a member of the Nuremberg Malerakademie.
Condition: Strong impression. Light vertical crease. Minor time toning, mainly to edges.