Fish Otter


Returning home on December 31, 1832, from a visit with Say, Maximilian found that "a fine and large otter" had been delivered to his door by one of the local hunters. He subsequently bought it to add to his North American collection. He does not mention Bodmer's sketching this particular specimen, but an inscription identifying the subject of this drawing as indigenous to the Wabash suggests that it was made during the artist's stay at New Harmony.

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ink over pencil on paper


8 1/8 x 13 1/2

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Approximate Date of Creation

31st December 1832