Audubon Gander-Kallela: Duckling with a Crow

Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Audubon Gander-Kallela, Duckburgian
Duckling with a Crow
National Gallery of Duckburg

The history of Scrooge McDuck’s number one dime is known to all, but the tale of his second coin was deemed lost in the mists of time before it emerged that young Scrooge had once modelled for Audubon Gander-Kallela. Visiting McDuck Castle, Gander-Kallela was fascinated to see a young duckling trade a piece of bread for a coin from a crow. Gander-Kallela, who often depicted the life of the poor and the destitute in his early works, could scarcely believe one of his models would one day become the world’s richest duck.