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Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786. Creator: Robert Jacob Gordon

Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786. Creator: Robert Jacob Gordon


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Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786. Creator: Robert Jacob Gordon

Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786

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Chalk On Paper Gordon Robert Jacob Ink On Paper Mammal Measurement Measurements Natural History Robert Jacob Gordon Scale Scale Drawing Sketch Book Sketchbook South Africa South African Watercolor Paint Wild Animal Wildlife Dassie Description Hyrax Letterbox Format Procavia Capensis Rock Hyrax Terrestrial


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This exquisite 18th century drawing depicts Procavia capensis, also known as the Rock hyrax or dassie, created by Dutch naturalist and artist Robert Jacob Gordon between 1777 and 1786. The Procavia capensis is a unique mammal native to Africa, with a distinct appearance that resembles a rodent but is actually more closely related to elephants and aardvarks. Gordon's meticulous drawing showcases the dassie in a close-up profile view, with its expressive eyes and intricately detailed fur texture. The artwork was executed in chalk on paper, with some areas colored in using watercolor paints. The lettering at the bottom left of the image indicates the species name, "Procavia capensis," and the artist's signature, "Robert Jacob Gordon." The drawing is an essential addition to any natural history or African art collection, providing a glimpse into the scientific exploration of the African continent during the 18th century. The measurements next to the image indicate the dassie's impressive size, with a body length of 35 centimeters and a tail length of 15 centimeters. This artwork was likely part of a larger sketchbook or journal, reflecting Gordon's dedication to documenting the natural world during his travels in the Low Countries and South Africa. The drawing's letterbox format and panoramic aspect ratio further enhance its visual appeal and historical significance. The Procavia capensis is a fascinating terrestrial mammal that continues to captivate scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. This stunning artwork by Robert Jacob Gordon offers a captivating glimpse into the natural history of this unique African species.

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