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"Fish of Rio de Janeiro"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [1789]
Dimensions: 32.4 x 48.8 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 35


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Drawing of a fish in left profile, with shading in black wash below and an otherwise plain background. The fish has an elongated fusiform body shape, with enlarged, fan-like pectoral fins. It is coloured grey above fading to white below, spotted all over with brown, and on the pectoral fins with blue also. The body is overlaid with the outline of scales in grey. The eye includes a ring of what appears to be gold paint. The drawing is framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which contains the title, signature and date. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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