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Birds, Butterflies and a Frog among Plants and Fungi

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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A frog, crouched in the foreground and glittering like a jewel, appears to be causing a stir. The male birds looking down at it seem angry or excited by its presence: they prowl, flutter their wings or glare, feathers ruffled. On a top branch is a chaffinch, fluffing out its plumage; its mate sits below, next to a tree sparrow. The bird closest to the frog, and about to attack, is probably a brambling, a kind of finch.

The National Gallery, London



Birds, Butterflies and a Frog among Plants and Fungi




Oil on canvas


H 68.3 x W 56.8 cm

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Presented by J. Whitworth Shaw, 1886

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