Image Gallery: Nudibranches of Port Jackson

George French Angas (1822-1886) was a naturalist and a painter. He is well known for his books South Australia Illustrated (1847) and The New Zealanders Illustrated (1847). Angas was secretary of the Australian Museum from 1853 to 1860. Presumably this book with Angas's sketches was left behind after he departed the Museum. We think the illustrations were created in 1852 or thereabouts.

The notebook has a title page and then the original drawings of the nudibranches follow. There are 12 handcoloured drawings of nudibranches. The only text in this volume is from Memoire sur des especes et sur des genres nouveaux de l'ordre des nudibranches observes sur les cotes de France, par M. Alcide d'Orbigny. [Magasin de Zoologie, 7, Class 5, p.1-16, pls. 102-109. Also bound in this volume are the original drawings by Angas from types in the British Museum, from these were lithographed plates XIX-XX of Cox's "Monograph of Australian land shells." The dates were taken from the original drawings and the dates of publication on the journal articles and the title page.