Hippopotamus: Animal drawings by Robert Jacob Gordon


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Born in the Netherlands, Robert Jacob Gordon (1743-1795) was a unique blend of an officer in the Dutch East India Company, a keen scientist, cartographer, and artist. Venturing into Southern Africa during the late 18th century, Gordon was captivated by the land’s raw beauty and the diverse animals that roamed its plains. His expeditions were more than mere journeys; they were quests to document the unfamiliar landscapes, intriguing native communities, and the majestic animals he encountered. These endeavors left us with invaluable insights into a Southern Africa untouched by European influence.

Our Robert Jacob Gordon poster edition offers a glimpse of his unparalleled artistic legacy. Each image, beyond its visual appeal, serves as a conversation starter—taking viewers on a journey through time and sparking discussions about exploration, nature, and the deep bond between humans and animals. In today’s fast-paced digital age, these hand-drawn relics hold the power to reconnect us with our roots, showcasing the awe of discovery and the rich tapestry of life that has always coexisted on this planet.

The hippopotamus is a large, herbivorous mammal native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is known for its aggressive behavior and powerful jaws and is considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. Hippopotamuses live in groups and spend most of their time in the water or mud. They are excellent swimmers and graze on grasses at night. The species is vulnerable due to habitat loss and hunting and their numbers continue to decline.

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  • paper weight: 200 gsm / 80 lb
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8×12 inch / 21×30 cm, 12×18 inch / 30×45 cm, 16×24 inch / 40×60 cm, 24×36 inch / 60×90 cm


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