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George Edwards, 1694–1773

The Long-tailed Porcupine

Additional Title(s):

Verso: Two Sketches of Porcupines

Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, pen and gray ink, brown ink, and graphite on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 9 3/4 × 15 7/8 inches (24.8 × 40.3 cm)

Inscribed in pen and red ink, upper right: "656"; in pen and brown ink, upper center: "the bignes of the largest quils"; in pen and brown ink, lower left: "this creature calld the long tailed porcupine is of the | bignes of a common cat and shaped like the Aegiptian Ichnumen it is coverd with quills the longest on the back about 3 inches | long which gradually decrees in length and thicknes toward the belly so as to seeme only lik common stif short hair the brisels | on the tail are short - it has a sort of finn on the inside of the hinder feet which makes me think it an amphibious | creature the fore teeth are like the bevers drawn from the case preserved in Duke richmonds Cabinet | the tail a little to short, it is described by Piso"; in pen and brown ink, lower right: "pr Geo Edwards | May 1738"; inscribed on back in pen and brown ink, center: "This out line is more correct | than that pr contra"; in graphite, center left: "The quills Large on the back Small toward | the belly the tail a little Longer than in the | Drawing"

Signed in pen and brown ink, lower right: "pr Geo Edwards | May 1738"

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 | porcupine
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IIIF Manifest:

Elisabeth Fairman, Of green leaf , bird , and flower : artists' books and the natural world, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, pp. 179, 220, 229, N7650 .O4 2014 [ORBIS]

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