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Synopsis: In the late eighteenth century livestock breeding swept the country with the urgency of any newly created fashion. Royalty, nobility and commoners competed for livestock prizes at agricultural shows up and down the country. Animals of extraordinary dimensions were toured in horse-drawn caravans over nearly impassable roads to entertain the crowds who flocked to see them. Debates were waged in the national press over the relative merits of one breed versus another and never before or since has the country boasted so many different breeds of farm animals.
The livestock portraits of the day form the only record of many of these early breeds which are now endangered, extinct or changed beyond recognition. The paintings were commissioned by proud breeders to impress friends, clients and the world at large with their improved breeds and show ring triumphs. The illustrations have been gathered together from museums and private collections up and down the country, ranging from stately mansions to humble cottages. This book explains the unique conditions which gave rise to such an extraordinary school of painting and looks closely at the artists, many of them little known, who specialised in this genre. It also examines the development of our native breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and poultry.
This is the first comprehensive study of an exceptional period in livestock experimentation and of the social and economic aspirations which led to the commissioning of these paintings. Over four hundred illustrations (325 in full colour) provide a unique record of rare or extinct animals which once grazed these lands. This book will have a wide general appeal and will particularly attract enthusiasts of folk and primitive art as well as those whose interest is in rare and vanished breeds.
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Focusing on British works, this volume chronicles a unique school of painting that bore witness to the intense competition in the late 18th and 19th centuries for breeding the fattest farm animals. In an age when fat was used for many purposes, there was considerable pressure to obtain livestock prizes?the size of some of the animals pictured here is truly incredible?and a commensurate desire of winners to record their achievements. The author describes the artistic and agricultural background of this genre, then discusses livestock painting from 1780 to 1900. The final five chapters discuss developments in breeding various farm animals. The paintings are of a very high quality, and the reproductions are faithful to the original. Moreover, the scenes are interesting, revealing farm and social life in the country. In addition to being informative, the volume breaks new ground in illuminating a little-known field of British painting. Well recommended.?Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
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