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Cryptodira Collection

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)
Lord Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring, riding on the back of a giant tortoise

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Geochelone radiata, radiated tortoise

Geochelone radiata, radiated tortoise
Lithograph by Edward Lear of drawing by James de Carle Sowerby. Plate from Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles, drawn from life (1872), introduction by Dr. John Edward Gray

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Lanius ludovicianus, loggerhead shrike

Lanius ludovicianus, loggerhead shrike
Plate 57 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageCryptodira Collection: C. M. Harris tending 29 live Galapagos Tortoises, 1898

C. M. Harris tending 29 live Galapagos Tortoises, 1898
The Tortoises were collected on the Webster-Harris expedition & were en-route to Walter Rothschilds collection. Probably photographed in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Chelodina longicollis, eastern long-necked turtle

Chelodina longicollis, eastern long-necked turtle
Lithograph by Edward Lear of drawing by James de Carle Sowerby. Plate from Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles, drawn from life (1872)

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Giant tortoises at Tring Park

Giant tortoises at Tring Park
In 1897 Walter Rothschild despatched explorer Charles Harris to the Galapagos islands to collect a large number of giant tortoises

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Giant tortoise being fed at Tring Park

Giant tortoise being fed at Tring Park
In 1897 Walter Rothschild despatched explorer Charles Harris to the Galapagos islands to collect a large number of giant tortoises

Background imageCryptodira Collection: C. Harris feeding Galapagos tortoises, 1898

C. Harris feeding Galapagos tortoises, 1898
Sailor and explorer Charles Harris was despatched to the Galapagos islands to collect giant tortoises for Walter Rothschild in 1897

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Transporting Giant tortoises

Transporting Giant tortoises
In 1897 Walter Rothschild despatched explorer Charles Harris to the Galapagos islands to collect a large number of giant tortoises

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Geochelone elephantopus, giant tortoise

Geochelone elephantopus, giant tortoise

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Sopa, giant tortoise, 1933

Sopa, giant tortoise, 1933
The Zoos oldest inhabitant - Sopa the 150 year old giant tortoise - has died, a victim of influenza. Photo and caption by Central News, 2nd Feb 1933

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Various carved specimens

Various carved specimens
A collection of carved specimens including ivory, coral, shell, jet & tortoise shell. A collection of carved specimens including ivory, coral, shell, jet & tortoise shell

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Testudo abingdonii, Galapagos Islands

Testudo abingdonii, Galapagos Islands
Illustration (p.397) from Charles Darwins Journal of Researches, first illustrated edition 1890

Background imageCryptodira Collection: LS Plate 103 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

LS Plate 103 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
LS Plate 103 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageCryptodira Collection: LS Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

LS Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
LS Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageCryptodira Collection: LS Plate 101 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

LS Plate 101 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
LS Plate 101 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageCryptodira Collection: LS Plate 96 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

LS Plate 96 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
LS Plate 96 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Chelonia mydas, green sea turtle

Chelonia mydas, green sea turtle
Zoological drawing 44 (1:40). Pencil sketch by Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771) from Sir Joseph Banks commission of natural history drawings on Captain James Cooks first voyage of the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Geochelone carbonaria, red-footed tortoise

Geochelone carbonaria, red-footed tortoise

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Eretmochelys imbricata, Hawksbill turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata, Hawksbill turtle
George Forster illustration of Hawksbill turtle. Plate 169

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Plate 97 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 97 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Namyda agassizii, soft shelled tortoise of Georgia

Namyda agassizii, soft shelled tortoise of Georgia
Drawing 46 (Ewan 24) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Clemmys guttata, spotted turtle

Clemmys guttata, spotted turtle

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Trionyx sewaare, turtle

Trionyx sewaare, turtle
Number 36, an illustration of a turtle in Reptiles of India, China, Vol I bequeathed by Maj. Gen. Hardwicke

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Tortoise and armadillo comparison

Tortoise and armadillo comparison
A really strange picture, reminds me of 1960s New York art

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Mounted tortoise specimen

Mounted tortoise specimen
Photograph of a mounted tortoise specimen from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Emydoidea blandingi, Blandings terrapin

Emydoidea blandingi, Blandings terrapin
Small North American Blandings terrapins. Specimens held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Chelonia mydas, green turtle

Chelonia mydas, green turtle
Hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731) Vol. 2 by Mark Catesby

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Testudo marina, loggerhead turtle

Testudo marina, loggerhead turtle
Hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731) Vol. 2 by Mark Catesby

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Stylemys nebrascensis, tortoise carapace

Stylemys nebrascensis, tortoise carapace
Depicted here is the carapace or shell of the Oligocene tortoise (Stylemys nebrascensis). Specimen originates from Western U.S.A

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Testudo graeca, spur-thighed tortoise

Testudo graeca, spur-thighed tortoise
Photograph of what is probably a spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) specimen collected by Gilbert White (1720-93)

Background imageCryptodira Collection: Marine turtle

Marine turtle (c. 1955) by Audrey Weber. Oil on canvas 144 x 170 cm. Held by the Natural History Museum, London


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