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No stuffing in this house!1. No stuffing here!

'Allow me to inform you that there are no stuffed animals in this house,' Waterton told a visitor in 1856. He made his point by removing the head of the polecat (picture 3), thus demonstrating that the carcass was empty.

He used mecuric chloride. This made the skin hard, he started by scraping away much of the internal layer of the animal's skin. He then placed the animal in the correct position and made minor adjustments throughout the process. He stressed that it was important to observe the live animal to arrive at the best lifelike posture for the preserved specimen.



Click to enlarge2. Testudo Nocivissima Erbi et Noctis,
'noxious nocturnal turtle'.
Also referred to as the 'Lizard Turtle' (1).



Click to enlarge3.A repica of Waterton's peggy board.
In the background an English polecat, one of his creations using his advanced method.
The polecat is standing on a cabinet of eggs preserved by Waterton.



Click to enlarge4. Armadillos in one of Waterton's display cases. Photographed in 2001.

To get a good view of Waterton's creations, visit the Wakefield Museum.



Click to enlargeThis display of birds was offered for sale on eBay in 2019.
TAXIDERMY HUMMINGBIRDS ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES WATERTON DATED 1820 stuffed exotic. Price £3,700.00.
Log #7969. Size: approx. 57cm x 54cm x 18cm.

Listing last checked on 1st June 2019.

I am not sure that Mr. Waterton would have approved of the word 'stuffed'.




Charles Waterton Exhibition
Charles Waterton
1782 - 1865
Traveller and Naturalist
An exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Waterton.
Catalogue 1982.
Wakefield Museums & Art Galleries

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Notes
1.Charles Waterton (1782 - 1865) and His Eccentric Taxidermy
by P. A. Morris. Published by MPM, Ascot, Berkshire, 2014

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