[British, n.d., c.1818.]
Extremely rare pen lithograph on coarse drawing paper, sheet 270 x 380mm. 10½ x 15". Perhaps privately printed.
This charming and somewhat naive natural history study, probably observed from life, must be the work of amateur artist Thomas Rackett (1757 - 1841), the Rector of Spetisbury, Dorset. Rackett was an antiquary, archaeologist and numismatist. From an early age he displayed a remarkable talent in natural history, music, and drawing. His parochial duties were not onerous, and he was able to pursue his many interests with zeal. He travelled widely throughout the western counties studying burial-mounds, and was often accompanied by his daughter Dorothea. In 1794 and 1796 he toured the west country collecting minerals with Thomas Hatchett FRS and Dr. Maton MD, physician to Queen Charlotte. He was an active member of the Linnean Society, the Society of Antiquaries, and the Royal Society. He contributed several very fine drawings to the second edition of John Hutchins's 'History of Dorset'. Rackett corresponded with a wide range of people, among them Mrs. Garrick, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Tiberius Cavallo, Richard Gough, and Mrs. Siddons, and wrote to people as far afield as India, Moscow, Nova Scotia, Boston, and Cape Town. Bison are large, even-toed ungulates within the subfamily Bovinae. The two extant species are the American bison, also known as the American buffalo (although it is only distantly related to the true buffalo), and the European bison, or wisent (Bison bonasus), found in Europe and the Caucasus. They are closely related to cattle, gaur, kouprey and yaks, with which bison have a limited ability to interbreed.
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