XII. Hippopotamus Amphibius. - The Hippopotamus.
[London, John Murray, n.d., c.1840-3.]
Tinted lithograph with hand colour. Printed area 330 x 450mm. (13 x 17¾"). Unexamined out of frame.
A study of a Hippopotamus in its natural habitat, from Captain William Cornwallis Harris's 'Portraits of Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa'. Harris (1807 - 1848), an English military engineer, artist and hunter, joined the East India Company in December 1823. In their employ he was able to pursue his taste for field sports and the depiction of wildlife. One of the more notable of the early Victorian travellers, Harris's illustrations of the large African fauna were the first to have any claim to accuracy. They were originally issued in parts 1840-2 and as a volume in 1843.
Abbey Travel 335.
[Ref: 30011] £480.00