Mark Catesby

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Mark Catesby
1683-1749
Eel
Watercolor and opaque watercolor, with gum arabic glazes, over graphite, on paper.
10 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches (265 x 373 mm)
Gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1961.6:6
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Jekyll Catesby; Thomas Pennant; David Pennant; Henry S. Morgan.
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Watermark: VILLEDARY and HIS with cross, fragment. Watermark, beta radiograph. Villedary, HIS, cross. 122871wm_1961_6_6_WM_beta.jpg
One of fourteen drawings and one colored proof engraving removed from Mark Catesby's "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands...", 2 vol., London, 1731-1743 (PML 45708-45709).
Henrietta Ryan of the Royal Colelction Trust at Windsor expressed doubt about the attribution to Catesby for this drawing and tentatively suggests that the author may be David Pennant, who had copied Catesby's work (departmental correspondence, 14 Augsut 1996).

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Catesby, Jekyll, former owner.
Pennant, Thomas, 1726-1798, former owner.
Pennant, David, -1841, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.

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