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Farm Animal Portraits

Moncrieff, Elspeth;Joseph, Stephen;Joseph, Iona

Published by Antique Collectors Club Ltd, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1997
ISBN 10: 1851492399 / ISBN 13: 9781851492398
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Title: Farm Animal Portraits

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Ltd, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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304 pages, profuse color plates, inscribed by the author, and with an inscribed invitation to the gallery exhibition of her book, a fine copy in dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 029936

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Synopsis: Using over 300 illustrations, this work examines the development of farm animal painting in its historical and agricultural context, and looks closely at the artists, many of them little known, who specialized in this genre. In the late 18th century a fashion for breeding farm animals swept the country, Royalty, nobility and commoners competed side by side for livestock prizes at the agricultural shows which sprung up all over the country. Competition to the breed the fattest animal, on the least amount of food, in the shortest possible time was intense. It was a period of extreme experimentation. Pigs were bred so fat they could not stand unaided and cows weighing 200 stone toured the country on exhibition. Many of these animals are now endangered, extinct or changed beyond recognition and the livestock portraits of the day form the only record of the vanished agricultural heritage.

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