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Plate 7 showing a painting of the fissured rock face at Oreston Quarry, near Plymouth in Devon [England] where fossilised teeth and shells were found and what appear to be spoil heaps below it. This was the site of cave excavations for palaeolithic remains that were visited by William Buckland and other contemporary scientists. Headed 'Sketch No.2', the work has no captions and is not signed. Inscribed with publication and plate details and a pencil note upper right 'to be reduced to usual size'. Royal Society stamp verso.

Subject: Palaeontology

Published in Philosophical Transactions as part of paper titled 'On some fossil bones discovered in caverns in the limestone quarries of Oreston' by Joseph Whidbey.

Read to the Royal Society on 6 February 1823.

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Watercolour and ink on paper
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William Clift

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Joseph Whidbey

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William Clift, Joseph Whidbey, Painting, rock face at Oreston by [William Clift], 1822, PT/73/10/8, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 23 May 2024

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    Dates: 1802-1865

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