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Benson Bond Moore, studies of ducks, undated. Benson Bond Moore papers, 1895–1995. Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution.

3. Benson Bond Moore (1882–1974)
Painter and printmaker Benson Bond Moore specialized in landscapes and animals. A native and resident of Washington, D.C., he often sketched at the National Zoo. Ducks were a favorite subject. Here he makes a graphic list of ducks in various poses, numbered one to twenty-six, perhaps serving as a handy how-to-draw-a-duck reference for his paintings and prints.