By Thomas Bewick
Within the past due eighteenth century, the British took larger curiosity than ever ahead of in looking at and recording all facets of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists arriving from far-flung lands supplied awesome bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity through assembling the main entire illustrated advisor to nature of his day.A common background of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving strategies that allowed textual content and pictures to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity good points engravings of over 400 animals along descriptions in their features as scientifically understood on the time. Quadrupeds reaffirms Bewick’s position in heritage as an incomparable illustrator, one whose impression on usual heritage and e-book printing nonetheless endures this present day.
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He i's so much afraid of wetting his feet, that, e\Ten when loaden, he will turn aside, to avoid the dirty parts ofthe road. He is stronger, in proportion to his size, than the Horse; but more sluggish, stubborn, and untract- HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. 21 able. He is hardier than the Horse; and of all other quadrupeds, is least infested with lice or other vermin; probably owing to the extreme hardness and dryness of his skin. For the same reason, perhaps, he is less sensitive of the lashes of the whip, or the stinging of flies.
It is supposed to exceed that of the Heifer in delicacy of flavour, and bears a higher price at market. By great industry and attention to their breed, and by judicious mixtures with those of other countries, our horned cattle are universally allowed to be the finest in Europe; although such as are purely British are inferior in size to those on many parts of the continent. HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. THE HOLSTEIN, OR DUTCH BREED. HAS been introduced with great success, and IS now the prevailing stock in all the counties on the eastern coast of this kingdom.
From Bulls brought out of Westmorland and Lancashire, and Cows from the banks of the Trent, the celebrated Canley breed, the property of Mr. Webster, derived its origin; and about fifty years ago it was esteemed the most YOLo III. E 34 :HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. valuable at that time in the kingdom. From this breed, the late Mr. Bakewell obtained the source of his superior stock of cattle; and several other eminent breeders are also indebted to the same origin for the celebrity they have since obtained.
A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on Wood by Thomas Bewick