Two specimens of the Bird-of-Paradise

Thomas Cole1721

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Ornithological studies of two dried specimens of the Bird-of-paradise. Figures 1-2 [left and right] “The Bird of Paradise in two Views; taken from the Royal Society.� Figure 3 “A Bird of Paradise from Amboina; drawn from Dr. Ruysch’s cabinet at Amsterdam.� [Ambon in the Moluka Islands, Indonesia].

Plate 12 from the book A philosophical account of the works of nature, by Richard Bradley (London, 1721). The figures are represented as being on a single piece of paper pinned to the darkened background of the plate. Inscribed “Plate XII. T.Cole sculp.“

Richard Bradley (1688-1732) English botanist and writer, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1712. Figures1-2 on this plate is a specimen from the Royal Society’s Repository.


  • Title: Two specimens of the Bird-of-Paradise
  • Creator: Thomas Cole
  • Date Created: 1721
  • Medium: London, England

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