Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos
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."