By Thomas Bewick
Within the overdue eighteenth century, the British took larger curiosity than ever ahead of in gazing and recording all features of the wildlife. tourists and colonists getting back from far-flung lands supplied remarkable debts of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity through assembling the main complete illustrated consultant to nature of his day.A basic background of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving options that allowed textual content and photographs to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity positive factors 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 average heritage and publication printing nonetheless endures this day.
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In Persia, there are many Oxen entirely white, with small blunt horns, and humps on their backs. They are very strong, and carry heavy burdens. When about to be loaded, they drop down on their knees like the Camel, and rise when their burdens are properly fastened. HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. RUNTING OX. ) THE Sarluc, or Grunting-Cow of Tartary, from its resemblance to the Bison, may be considered as belonging to the same species: its horns are short, upright, slender, 'and very sharp; the hair on its body is black, except the mane and the ridge of the back, where it is white; 'its whole body is covered with very long hair, which hangs down below its knees, and makes its legs appear short: it has a hump on its back; its tail resembles that of a Horse, is white, and very bushy; it strikes with its head like a goat, and is very llnruly: its distinguishing peculiarity is, that it makes a grunting noise like a Hog, instead of lowing like the Ox, which in every other instance it greatly resembles.
VOL. III. F 42 HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. THE URUS, OR WILD BULL. Is chiefly to be met with in the extensive forests of Lithuania. It grows to a size almost equal to the Elephant, and is quite black; the eyes are red and fiery, the horns thick and short, and the forehead covered with a quantity of curled hair; the neck is short and strong, and the skin has an odour of musk. The female, though. not so big as the male, exceeds the largest of our Bulls in size; nevertheless, her udder is extremely small.
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. In good pastures, cattle of this kind grow to a great size;* and the cows yield a greater abundance of milk than those of almost any other kind.
A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on Wood by Thomas Bewick