Tag Archives: Mammals

2014: Wolf and Tank

Victor Ash: Wolf and Tank (c. 2014)

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1882: Jumbo

An anecdote from Matthew Scott’s biography of Jumbo the Elephant (1885): Once when I was riding him around in the Zoological Gardens, in London, sitting on his neck, with about a dozen children on a panier-saddle across his broad back, … Continue reading

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1778: Great Indian Fruit Bat

Indian flying foxes are found throughout India. Like others of their species, they are gregarious and tend to form large social groups. With a wingspan of four to five feet, Indian flying foxes are very conspicuous in their open roosts … Continue reading

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1889: Artist-in-Residence

The celebrated 19th century French painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur was known for wearing men’s pants, shirts, and ties, as well as participating in traditionally masculine activities such as hunting and smoking. She lived with her lifelong partner, Nathalie Micas … Continue reading

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1808: Portrait of a Horse’s Ass

Henry Raeburn: Portrait of George Harley Drummond (ca. 1808–9); “It is curious…that the animal’s hindquarters should be so prominently displayed” says the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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1932: New Art Saves Strange Beasts

A headline from this article in Popular Science Monthly, January 1932:

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1953: And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur

Leonora Carrington: And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur (1953)

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1810: A Composite Ox with a Demon Groom

A Composite Ox with a Demon Groom (Oudh, India, ca. 1810-30) (source)

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1655: Remedies

Selections from Thomas Lupton’s book A Thousand Notable Things on Various Subjects: Disclosed from the Secrets of Nature and Art, Practicable, Profitable, and of Great Advantage: Set Down from Long and Curious Study and Experience (1655): The Soles of the … Continue reading

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1863: Rat

Adolph von Menzel: Rat in the Gutter (c. 1863-1883)

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