Stipple. 215 x 146mm (8½ x 5¾").
Georges-Frédéric Cuvier (1773-1838), French zoologist and paleontologist, head keeper of the menagerie at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris 1804-38, named the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) in 1825. He earned mentions in both Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' (his writings on animal behaviour and instinct) and 'Moby-Dick' (having written on the topic of whales). From a series of portraits of scientists engraved by Tardieu.
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