Penguin by Forster

Johann George Adam Forster (1754-1794)
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica), c.1772-1773.
Watercolour over pencil, 484 x 340 mm.

The German artist George Forster (1754-1794) joined his father on Captain James Cook's second voyage of exploration, which set sail in 1772. During the voyage the ships travelled south and crossed the Antarctic Circle.

Forster's wonderful drawings of the animals and plants collected on this journey are of great historical and scientific importance. In particular his drawings from the Antarctic conveyed a sense of his excitement on first seeing unusual animals such as penguins, in this hostile and unexplored region.

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