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Antarctic Beauty Contest

Seals on the ice
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Standish Backus; 1956; Unframed Dimensions 23H X 31W
Accession #: 88-186-BG
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"This attractive female elephant seal, observed at Cap Hallett in Victoria Land, is the subject of a 'Rhubarb' among the male judges who are trying to decide who has a date with her for tonight. As to the outcome--well, she just couldn't care less."--Commander Standish Backus As a slang term, "rhubarb" means a heated, disorderly dispute, not necessarily a fistfight but one involving a lot of yelling.

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