XXI. Gazella Albifrons. - The Blesbok or White Faced Antelope.
[London, John Murray, n.d., c.1840-3.]
Tinted lithograph with hand colour. Sheet 330 x 420mm. (13 x 16½"). Trimmed. Crease on right.
A blesbok in open country, a stampeding herd behind. When first discovered in the 17th century a blesbok herd was reported that stretched from horizon to horizon. Harris (1807 - 1848), an English military engineer, joined the East India Company in December 1823. In their employ he was able to pursue his taste for field sports and painting. 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.
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