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"Bittern"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 306

 

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Bird in profile, its body turned to the right and its head to the left, with its bill pointing vertically upwards. It is depicted standing in a landscape consisting of grass in the foreground and to the left of a stream. The bird is painted in shades of brown, with paler underparts overlaid with darker striations and speckles, while the darker upper parts are overlaid with lighter detail. The drawing is annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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