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The camel: its anatomy, proportions, and paces by Elijah Walton

The camel: its anatomy, proportions, and paces by Elijah Walton
  • Author(s):
    Elijah Walton, 1832 or 1833-1880
    Elijah Walton, 1832 or 1833-1880
  • Date:
    1865
  • Place:
    London
  • Keywords:
    The Levant, Natural science, Animal, Anatomy, Muscle, Physiology, Skeleton, Zoology
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Although he is now known above all for his depictions of Alpine scenery, Elijah Walton, who studied art in Birmingham and London, went to the Levant when he was in his late twenties and remained for almost two years in Egypt, Syria and Turkey, returning to England in 1862 with numerous paintings and sketches. He visited Egypt again on subsequent occasions. Besides a number of views of the Levant, he produced the present book on the anatomy of the camel containing 94 lithographic plates, some of which are coloured. An important key to the book is contained in the dedication. This is to Richard Owen, one of the greatest naturalists of the nineteenth century, who had been appointed Hunterian professor of comparative anatomy and physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1836, and had later left to run the natural history department of the British Museum. It was thanks to Owen that the museum's collection was subsequently moved to South Kensington and became what is still the Natural History Museum. When Walton's book on the camel appeared Owen himself was engaged in important research on the anatomy of vertebrates, and it is probably in this context that the book should be seen. (Alastair Hamilton)

  • Author(s):
    Elijah Walton, 1832 or 1833-1880
    Elijah Walton, 1832 or 1833-1880
  • Date:
    1865
  • Place:
    London
  • Keywords:
    The Levant, Natural science, Animal, Anatomy, Muscle, Physiology, Skeleton, Zoology
  • Short Title (English):
    The Camel
  • Language:
    English
  • Content type:
    Single-volume work