By Thomas Bewick
Within the overdue eighteenth century, the British took larger curiosity than ever prior to in gazing and recording all elements of the wildlife. tourists and colonists getting back from far-flung lands supplied incredible bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity via assembling the main accomplished illustrated consultant to nature of his day.A normal heritage of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving thoughts that allowed textual content and pictures 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 impact on common historical past and publication printing nonetheless endures at the present time.
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The great obligations we are under to those of this class, render them objects of the highest importance to us. We are nourished with their milk, we are supported by their flesh, and we are clothed and warmed with their fleeces: their harmlessness and innocence endear them to us, and claim from us that protection which their natures seem to require: and, in return, they supply us with the necessaries and comforts of life. HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. THE OX KIND. ) OF all quadrupeds, the Cow seems most extensively propagated: it is equally capable of enduring the rigours of heat and cold; and is an inhabitant of the frozen, as well as the most scorching climates.
Numerous herds of them were kept in several parks in England and Scotland; but they have been destroyed by various means: and the only breeds now remaining in the kingdom, are in the park at Chillingham Castle, in Northumberland; at Wollaton, in Nottinghamshire, the seat of HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. 39 Lord Middleton; at Gisburne, in Craven, Yorkshire; at Lime Hall, in Cheshire; and at Chartley, in Staffordshire. The principal external appearances which distinguish this breed of cattle from all others, are the following: Their colour is invariably white; muzzles black; the whole of the inside of the ear, and about one-third of the outside, from the tip downwards, red*; horns white, with black tips, very fine, and bent upwards: some of the Bulls have a thin upright mane, about an inch and a half or two inches long.
Creature's age may be exactly known. The quantity of milk given by Cows is very various: some will yield only about six quarts in one day; while others give from ten to fifteen, and sometimes even twenty. The richness of the pasture contributes not a little to its increase. There have been instances of Cows giving upwards of thirty quarts of milk in one day. In such cases there is a necessity for milking them thrice. From the milk of some Cows, twelve or fourteen pounds of butter are made in a week.
A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on Wood by Thomas Bewick