'Sea-Leopards at Deception Island, New South Shetland', 7 January, 1828.
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Watercolour by Lieutenant E N Kendall, giving the measurements of the stomach, containing an unusually large vein, and flippers of the seals. Kendall described Deception Island (now part of British Antarctic Territory, United Kingdom), as 'composed of alternate layers of ashes and ice', the result of continuing volcanic action, evidence by a large number of holes 'from which steam was isuing with a loud hising noise'. One of 14 sketches and watercolours of scenes along the coasts and islands of the South Atlantic, made by Kendall, during the voyage of HMS 'Chanticleer', 1828-1831, under Captain Henry Foster, to take gravity observations and measurements, particularly by means of a Kater invariable pendulum.