Raft of Otters – Signed Limited Edition Print by Robert Bateman


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Raft of Otters
Robert Bateman Hand Signed Limited Edition Print 14″ x 28″

Edition Size: 650

“Alaska was sold by Russia to America in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars (2 cents an acre). The major reason for a Russian presence in the North American continent was the fur trade. By far, the most precious of the fur-bearing animals was the sea otter. Their underfur has 150,000 hairs per square centimeter. Over 1 million of these animals were killed for their fur beginning in the 18th century. There were also quite easy to catch since they are gregarious and float around in ‘rafts’ of up to several hundred. By the mid 19th century their numbers were dwindling and the market for furs had changed. Alaska, being a great distance from the centre of power of Russia in the far west, became of less interest to its rulers. The sea otters were close to extinction for most of the 20th Century but a number of colonies were introduced along the Pacific coast of America and now they are spreading across their former range. On a recent fishing trip to south-east Alaska we saw many rafts of these creatures. Their blond, furry heads and inquisitive expressions give them an endearing and appealing quality.” Robert Bateman

(From the original painting Raft of Otters – 2009 – 24″ x 48″ Acrylic on Board)

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