Single sheet (7 x 8 4/8 inches). A fine original pen and ink and watercolour drawing of a Harlequin Duck, on laid paper, signed lower right 'AJ:W:H: de Dopff fecit/ 1781' (a bit browned).
The harlequin is a small diving sea duck and is among the most beautiful waterfowl of North America. As such, it is much sought after by bird watchers and naturalists. The striking blue, white, black, and chestnut plumage of the males gives the duck its name, in honor of the Italian harlequin clown. Harlequins are found in the northern hemisphere and winter on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The larger Pacific population breeds in Asia and western North America. The smaller Atlantic population breeds in eastern Canada, Greenland, and Iceland. a very small population of Harlequins winter along the coast of eastern North America, including Maine.