Oh what a treasure trove of public domain bird images that Thomas Hill has provided us with. This one is a Rouen duck drawing. We have a pair of these domesticated ducks drawn in shades of gray on an oxidized page. This domesticated duck looks virtually identical to the Mallard commonly found in the wild. The Rouen ducks are brighter in color and larger than their wild cousins. As the name might imply, these ducks came from France but the birds we know today were bred in England where it was made twice its original size and with improved coloration. This pretty duck drawing would make a lovely addition to your next project.
Can you just imagine how much work went into a publication from 1882 the size of Hill’s Album of Biography and Art? Thomas E. Hill included illustrations and page decorations on virtually every page. Over 200 of them are now showcased here on Reusable Art and will hopefully make their way to many new projects and explorations in creativity.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.