The South Down Breed.Ewe and Lamb, bred by Thomas Ellison, Esq.r, Beddington, from a Ewe bred by the late Mr Ellman, of Glynde. Professor Low's Illustrations of the Breeds of the Domestic Animals.
Published June, 1841 by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, Paternoster Row, London.
Hand-coloured lithograph. Printed area 260 x 310mm, 10¼ x 10¼". Faint mount-burn around image.
From 'The Breeds of the Domestic Animals of the British Islands' by Professor David Low (1786-1859), professor of agriculture at the University of Edinburgh. Unlike most C19th animal portraits, which accentuate the 'useable portions of the beast' to glorify the breeder, Low's purpose was educational and so he insisted on accuracy, here even noting the breeder. The Southdown breed was originally bred by John Ellman of Glynde, near Lewes, East Sussex about 200 years ago.
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