Guyanese Flora (1790-1814), Nautilus
Guyanese Flora (1790-1814)
Watercolor on paper
Inscribed lower left: Nautalus
Paper size: 7 ¼ x 5 ½ in
Inscribed in the lower left-hand side of the composition is the namesake of this piece, Nautilus (cephalopod family Nautilidae), a marine creature who lives inside an ornate shell. In this case, the shell is intricately detailed, exuding a clear sense of texture. As the spikes of the edges recede into space, they appear in darker contrast to the rest of the form.
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