Robert Bateman (Prints)
Fox Crossing (Print)
Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180
24" x 30" / 60.96cm x 76.20cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $695.00
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“This is a portrait of a particular fox. Although all foxes are perky and elegant,
this one was especially so, leading me to believe that it must be a female. She
was unusually tame, adopting a certain household in the forest of northern
British Columbia, which she visited for cat food. She was also especially pretty
with her multicolored coat. Although she was a red fox, this color form is known
as a cross fox. There is a dispute about whether the name comes from the
idea that this form is a cross between a red fox and a black or silver fox, or
whether it is because the dark area down the back and across the shoulders
forms the sign of a cross. The former theory cannot really apply because there
is no evidence that mates of a different color are needed to produce a cross fox.
In fact, although red is by far the most common form, a cross or black fox can
pop up at any time in a litter of red foxes.
I featured the luxuriant tail, a very important asset to all foxes. This one is
graced with a superb and abundant appendage. The tail, when wrapped
around a sleeping fox’s face and paws, becomes a muff and comforter with
great insulation properties, but is easy to breathe through.”