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George Perry (1771–1823): architect and naturalist

Leach, Stephen; Torrens, Hugh S.


Stephen Leach

Hugh S. Torrens


George Perry (1771-1823) was an artist, architect and sculptor, with a deep interest in natural history and malacology. (His father, George Perry (c.1718-1771), was a pioneering industrialist, with a particular interest in geology and also the history of Liverpool.) He was the co-author (with John Corry) of The History of Liverpool (1807). He gave lectures on natural history and mineralogy and earned a living as an architect and sculptor. After bankruptcy in Liverpool in 1807, Perry re-established himself in London. There he published two books - A descriptive catalogue of the pictures in the collection of the Marquis of Stafford in London (1807) and Conchology, or the natural history of shells (1811). He also published the serial publication entitled Arcana, or, the Museum of Natural History (1810-1811). After this, he disappeared from the public record until his death in Chelsea in 1823. His life and his contributions to natural history are summarized here.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2022
Publication Date Apr 1, 2022
Journal Archives of Natural History
Print ISSN 0260-9541
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Volume 49
Issue 1
Pages 117-129
Keywords Arcana, or, the Museum of Natural History; Conchology, or the natural history of shells; malacology; shells; testaceous animals
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