The Hamburg Hydra Linnaeus revealed fake
Copperplate engraving with hand colouring by J. Chapman 1806 after engraving by Seba in his "Treasury of Natural History" (1734). In 1735 a young Linnaeus visited Hamburg. While there he inspected the famous stuffed seven headed hydra held by the Burgomeister. It had originally been looted from a Church by Count Konigsmark in 1648. Seba believed it was a real animal (as did most) and made this illustration. But Linnaeus saw it was a fake. The jaws and claws were of weasels, the body covered in glued snake skins. He assumed the hydra was made by the monks of the original church as a representation of the apocalyptic beast rather than the Greek mythological animal. When Linnaeus tactlessly made the fraud public, the value of the animal (which the Burgomeister had tried to sell to various Cabinet of Wonders collectors) collapsed. Linnaeus feared an angry response and left Hamburg
© This image is Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com.
Gaudis Sagrada Familia Cathedral
Ornate architectural details of Gaudi's masterpiece, Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; completion is anticipated in 2026, the centenary year of GaudA's death.Whether this will actually happen is anyone's guess
© Jon Bower at Apexphotos
Teddy Tail, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Teddy Tail, a children's fantastic musical play by Charles Folkard, music by Frederic Norton, based on the Teddy Tail comic strip in the Daily Mail newspaper, at the Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London. The Cow jumps the Moon, to the dreadful distress, of the beautiful dutiful Penny Princess.
© The Michael Diamond Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library