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Record Type: Movable Work
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The country of the Iguanodon (water-colors (paintings); John Martin (British painter, 1789-1854); 1837; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; 1992-0035-1784)
Note: An engraved adaptation of John Martin’s water colour The country of the Iguanodon appears as the frontispiece to Gideon Mantell’s The wonders of geology, published in 1838. Martin had an obvious interest in geology because he had visited Mantell’s house in Brighton in August 1834 to see the Iguanodon remains that Mantell had been collecting since 1819 from a quarry at Whiteman s Green, near Cuckfield in Sussex. Mantell recorded in his journal: ‘Mr Martin was deeply interested in the remains of the Iguanodon, etc. I wish I could induce him to portray the country of the Iguanodon. No other pencil but his should attempt such a subject.’1 From this observation it is clear that Mantell was familiar with Martin’s images combining the fantastical and the scientific, the romantic and the classical. Martin’s works belong to the sublime, romantic mode of nineteenth-century landscape painting in which the subject inspires fear and awe in the viewer.
The country of the Iguanodon (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
water-colors (paintings) [300078925] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>, paintings (visual works), <paintings by material or technique>)

paintings (preferred)

Creation Date: 1837

Creator Display:
John Martin (British painter, 1789-1854) [preferred,VP]
painter Martin, John (English engraver and painter, 1789-1854) [500023063]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: 1992-0035-1784
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs Mantell-Harding, 1961
Display Materials: watercolor on paper
watercolor (paint) [300015045]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>, paint (coating), <paint by composition or origin>, water-base paint)
paper (fiber product) [300014109]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber by product>, <fiber by product>)

Dimensions: Image 302 (Height) x 424 (Width) mm
British (preferred)

General Subject:
animals (preferred)

Specific Subjects:
dinosaurs [300250126]
.....(Agents Facet, Living Organisms (hierarchy name), living organisms (entities), Eukaryota (domain), Animalia (kingdom), Chordata (phylum), Vertebrata (subphylum), Reptilia (class), Diapsida (subclass)) (AAT)
paleontology [300054555]
.....(Activities Facet, Disciplines (hierarchy name), disciplines (concept), <science and related disciplines>, science (modern discipline), natural sciences, biological sciences) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
The country of the Iguanodon........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-)
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-)
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