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James Bruce, 1730–1794, British

Fennecus verdus (Fennec)

Additional Title(s):

Fennec No. 3 Original of illustration in "Travels through Abyssinia"

Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 9 3/4 × 12 3/8 inches (24.8 × 31.4 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower right: "scale of three inches"; on verso in pen and brown ink, center left: "This is to be reduced with the size of | an ordinary plate that is [...] a [...] between the Lynx x [...] He should not be more than 1 inches long | per half a little shorter"; lower right: "Fennec No 3"; center left: "[...]"

Collector's Stamp

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animal art
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James Bruce, Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773 , Edinburgh, 1790, p. 128-138 (vol. 5), DT377 B88 1790+ Oversize (YCBA Rare Books)

Paul Hulton, Luigi Balugani's drawings of African plants, From the collection made by James Bruce of Kinnaird on his travels to discover the source of the Nile 1767-1773 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1991, p. 52, Precedes p. 55, QK98.183 B2 H85 1991 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 2, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

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