Ref NoMS/219
TitleIllustrations of shells by Da Costa - T. Rackett (?)
AdminHistoryThomas Rackett (1757–1841) was an English clergyman.

Rackett was born in 1757, the son of Thomas Rackett of Wandsworth, Surrey. He received an education in drawing from Theodosius Forrest and Paul Sandby and he went on to matriculate at University College, Oxford. He graduated B.A. in 1777 and M.A. in 1780. Following his graduation he became rector of Spetisbury with Charlton-Marshall, in Dorset, and held the living for more than 60 years. In 1781, he married Dorothea, daughter of James Tattersall, rector of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and of Streatham. His interests were wide ranging including natural history, music, and antiquarian studies. He was a fellow of the Royal Society, of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and of the Linnean Society. He died at Spetisbury on 29 November 1841.
DescriptionNotebook containing figures of shells [thought to be] from a 1778 publication by Da Costa. The illustrations have been cut and pasted onto the leaves with nomenclature added in pencil, thought to be in the handwriting of Thomas Rackett. Includes marbled paper light boards.
Extent1 bound volume
NotesAccording to notes in the inside cover by R.H. Jeffers and G.D. [Gina Douglas], the plates were used to illustrate Dr Richard [Sullerey's] paper on the Shells of Dorsetshire which was worked on by Rev. Thomas Rackett following [Sullerey's] death. It also says that some of these plates were later used for the 2nd edition of Rev. John Hutchin's 'History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset'.
Creator NameRackett, Thomas ?
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