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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Inside An Iguanadon, It's Too Dark To Eat

Sam got a book about Hawkins from the school library a while back:

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, author, sculptor and naturalist, was born in London on February 8, 1807. He was educated at the college of St. Aloysius and studied art under the sculptor William Behnes. After 1827 he devoted himself to the study of natural history, and after 1852 the study of geology. From 1842-1847 he was employed in making models of living animals at Knowsley Park for the Earl of Derby.

In 1851 he served as assistant superintendent of the London World's Fair. The following year he was appointed by the Crystal Palace Company to restore the external forms of the extinct animals to their natural gigantic size, and then, under the direction of Sir Richard Owen, he devoted three and a half years to the construction of thirty-three life size models of prehistoric animals for the Crystal Palace park. It was during this time, in December 1853, that he gave a dinner to twenty literary and scientific men, whom he seated within his model of the Iguanadon.

We are not dining in a dino model.  Still streaming Xmas stuff, and recovering from all the hustle and bustle.  Happy New Year to all 3 of you!


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Well, here's to a better year than wretched 2017., may it swirl down the cosmic shit-pit and into absolute darkness.

-From one-third of your readership!

Posted by: lea-p | Jan 1, 2018 7:11:24 AM

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