Waterhouse Hawkins Megalosaurus

Hawkins Megalosaurus




Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins’ 19th Century interpretation of the carnivorous dinosaur Megalosaurus. This model (as well as those of Iguanodon and other extinct animals) was part of a set sold around the turn of the last century  to museums and private collectors.



This and the other of Hawkins’ prehistoric-animal models, originally available from the Wards catalogue of scientific supplies, was based upon the “life-sized” statues he made in 1853 for the Crystal Palace grounds in London (below).


To see photos of some of Hawkins’ Crystal Palace prehistoric animals in three dimensions, CLICK HERE.

(Below) British Museum (Natural History) — now The Natural History Museum, London — souvenir postcard showing artist Neave Parker’s much later (and more accurate, yet still speculative) life restoration of Megalosaurus; postcard reproducing a painting by Matthew Kaimeoff,  an example of what is called a “swipe”; and an Invicta plastic Megalosaurus sold by the former British Museum (Natural History) during the 1970s; and one of 50 of a series of “DinoCardz” trading cards (1992, art by Dave Marrs and Lynette Cook).



Invicta Megalosaurus

Megalosaurus trading card