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Robert Henry Fernando Rippon (ca 1836–1917), naturalist and zoological illustrator

Archives of Natural History (1995) 22 (1): 97-118 A.H. KIRK-SPRIGGS Department of Zoology, National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF1 3NP. "Why wouldyou credit it—he used actually to go at night and climb the lamp-posts to get moths, he said, that the light! And to see the shells he'd got! They was pretty, I'll confess—especially the large ones; for I've no patience with them little things that no one can see excepting with a mickerscope" Mrs Whalebone in Victor; or, Lessons of Life. A tale, founded on fact, written Rippon, 1864. came to INTRODUCTION Henry Fernando Rippon (Figures 1 and 2), author of the monograph Icones Ornithopterorum (1898-1906), seems to have fallen into obscurity and virtually nothing has been published chronicling his career and contacts, with the exception of a few paragraphs in a paper Ford (1962). W.E. Hoyle (Director of the National Museum of Wales, 1908-24) contacted the Rev. W.J. Avery in January 1920, who he knew to have been acquainted with Rippon, asking for biographical information, but Avery replied that he had only known Rippon for the last nine years of his long life. He wrote that he had a collection of newspaper cuttings which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Natural History Edinburgh University Press

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