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Colour & light

Colour & light,  Image number:SIL28-298-01
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Color & Light – Zebras

Abel Chapman 1851-1929
Ink & wash drawing for his book Savage Sudan (London, 1921), ca. 1913–20.

While sketching zebras in Sudan, the British hunter-naturalist Abel Chapman noted that his perception of stripe patterns could change. Depending on distance and the angle of light, a zebra’s stripes could even seem to disappear.
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