South African springhare: 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 South African springhare is a large nocturnal rodent native to southern and southeastern Africa. It is known for its powerful hind legs that allow it to make large leaps and its brown or reddish fur. The springhare is an herbivore that feeds mainly on grasses and leaves and is most active at night. It is considered vulnerable to extinction due to hunting for its meat and fur. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the species and its habitat.

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