One of Two Frogs

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One of Two Frogs about 1609
This is one of two similar studies in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery. In this work, one hind leg of the frog is stretched out, while the other is contracted, as when a frog is poised to spring. A cross-section of one of its large webbed feet, included at the top, suggests the study forms part of a detailed record of the frog’s overall appearance and structure. The drawing is not connected with any print or painting, and was probably made to satisfy De Gheyn’s own interest in natural history.

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  • Acc. No. D 5077 B
  • Medium Pen and brown ink on paper
  • Size 12.00 x 13.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1979