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Dryptosaurus [art original] / Chas. R. Knight

Identifier: Art Survey no. 761
Originally entitled "Leaping Laelaps," this watercolor may be the earliest depiction of theropods, or actually any dinosaur, as highly active and dynamic, based on the opinions of E.D. Cope and Henry Fairfield Osborn, the curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History at the time of the painting's commission.


  • 1897



1 Object : 1 painting : gouache on paper ; 40 x 58 cm., matted in frame 61 x 79 cm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, Paleontology Department, 2014, March 14.

Related Materials

AMNH negative no. 335199; 4"x5" slide no. 1775; 35mm slide no. 1775.


Signed and dated '97 at lower right. On label mounted on verso of painting: K:AM 189701.
General Exhibition note: "Dinosaurs: Past and Present," Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1987-1988.
General Indexed in: Czerkas, S.M. and D.F. Glut. Dinosaurs, mammoths, and cavemen: the art of Charles R. Knight. New York: Dutton, 1982 (p. 49).

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