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Farm Animal Portraits

Moncrieff, Elspeth;Joseph, Stephen;Joseph, Iona

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ISBN 10: 1851492399 / ISBN 13: 9781851492398
Published by Antique Collectors Club Ltd, Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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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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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

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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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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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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