Medium : Gouache and cut paper on illustration board
Image Size : 14.5” x 19”
Circa : 1957
The fate of the Labrador Duck is obscure, but it was undoubtedly hastened by egg collectors and by wholesale slaughter for the retail market. During the breeding and moulting season, when he lost the power of flight, his flocks were helpless-sitting ducks for the hunting ships sent north by the feather merchants. The last survivor was shot on Long Island eighty-two years ago, but he is memorialized by forty-four stuffed specimens in museums and by countless antique featherbeds.
Ford Times, America’s Vanishing Birds, November 1957; Birds and Words, 1974