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What is this?

At the base of some stone building fragments, there is an arrangement of a dead lobster and a group of fish beneath a large fish and an eel dangling from a string affixed via a nail to the remains of the ruined wall. A live parrot, seen from the back, head turned in profile, is perched on a nearby stone at the upper left (above the marine still-life); plants, at right.

This is a drawing from France. It is dated 1740 and we acquired it in 1938. Museum purchase from Friends of the Museum Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

black, white chalk on blue laid paper

Its dimensions are

30.6 x 41.6cm (12 1/16 x 16 3/8in.) Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22 in.) Frame: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 in. x 23 3/4 in. x 1 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamps: lower left: E. and J. de Goncourt (Lugt 1089); lower right corner: A. Beurdeley (Lugt 421).

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower right: Oudry 1740

This object was created by Jean-Baptiste Oudry

This object was purchased from Sotheby's and catalogued by Calvin S. Hathaway , Elizabeth Horwitz Marcus and Rudolph Berliner

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