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The artist Claude Lovat Fraser supported Gaudier in several ways, including the gift of tickets to Regents Park Zoo in London. There Gaudier spent his weekends sketching the animals so quickly that
the ink was often still wet as he turned
the page. With a few elegant lines and
no shading, he managed to convey
three-dimensional form and capture
a momentary view of a beast in movement. Resting or alert, standing or pacing,
each animal's unique personality
is encapsulated in these drawings.

September 2004