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Octopus

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 23 x 36.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 401

 

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Octopus depicted in a back view against a plain background. Its tentacles are sinuous, with grey webbing between them, and the mantle has two pairs of small black circles at its base. It is mottled grey and brown in colour. The drawing is annotated in brown and black ink.

 

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