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"Semi-palmated Duck", native name "Now-al-Gang"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [1794?]
Dimensions: 23.2 x 20.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 355

 

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Bird, its body facing right and its head turned in profile to the left. It is depicted standing on a river bank with water in the foreground, in front of a distant landscape of hills. The bird has a brown bill, a blue eye and red legs. Its upper parts are predominantly black, with a white-grey patch on the rump and around the back of the neck, and white-grey underparts. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil; there is also an ink inscription on the reverse, which has stained the front of the drawing.

 

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