Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos

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Common name: Golden Eagle

Scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos

Accession number: 037

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

In his book "Descriptions of the rapacious birds of Great Britain", pp.94, MacGillivray describes how he shot a Golden Eagle as a boy. After shooting it he wrote, "so, this is all, thought I;- an eagle is nothing wonderful after all."

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