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Natural History - Pteraspis Fish Model Group with Sketches by Vernon Edwards

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Estimate: £150 - £200
ca. US$193 - US$258
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NATURAL HISTORY - PTERASPIS FISH MODEL GROUP WITH SKETCHES BY VERNON EDWARDS Circa 1930 A group of three surface-treated models of Pteraspis, one with dorsal spines, lateral fins and painted detailing; a monochrome photograph on glossy card stock of a model, with notation to the reverse and official stamp of 'British Museum Natural History'; preparatory pencil sketches for a series of extinct fish and other models with pencilled notation and production notes; two pamphlet catalogues Palaeontology Teaching & Student Collections; these are probably original 'masters' from which rubber moulds were taken for the production of copies. 814 grams total, models: 28-29.5cm (11 - 11 1/2"). [No Reserve] Condition Fine condition; one damaged with part of the metal armature exposed. Provenance From the historic collection of Gregory, Bottley & Lloyd; acquired by Percy Bottley of Gregory, Bottley & Co. in the 1930s; formerly from a historic natural history art collection, the artistic work of Palaeontologist, Commander Vernon Edwards. Literature See Swinton, Dr William Elgin, Monsters of Primeval Days, London, 1931; see also, same author, The Dinosaurs - A Short History of a Great Group of Extinct Reptiles, London, 1934, wherein many of the drawings, models and dioramas created by Edwards are published, described and illustrated (the author at the Natural History Museum, London, 1924-1961, later Director of Life Sciences, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, died 1994). Footnotes Vernon Edwards is credited as being one of the most talented and influential dinosaur model makers of the 20th century. His work has appeared in museums and galleries around the world; it was a major influence on movie producers and early special effects creators, particularly when films such as ​ ​The Lost World​ ​ and ​ ​King Kong​ ​ began to showcase dinosaurs as part of the increasingly popular ‘monster movies’ of the 1920​'​s and 30​'​s. Edwards was born in 1891 into a naval family and attended Weymouth College. In 1914 he joined the navy and served throughout World War One; after the war he found it difficult to adjust to civilian life and, among other professions, tried his hand at farming. His greatest passion was model making, being self taught in art and anatomy, and it was whilst staying with family in Sussex in the early 1920​'​s that he met Dr F.A. Bather, Keeper of Geology at the British Museum. Dr. Bather was impressed by the detailed and accurate models that Edwards was producing and asked him to produce a series of prehistoric models for the British Museum (Natural History), now known as the Natural History Museum. Vernon Edwards was given access to the museum's collections and scientific monographs, so the models he produced were up to

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Auction house: Timeline Auctions
Title: to Saturday 27 May 2017: Antiquities & Coin Catalogue Auction
Date of the auction: 23 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
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