Paradise Regained, or taking possession of the new Sabine Farm.
Pub May 31 1830 by T McLean 26 Haymarket.
Etching, paper watermarked: J Whatman. 372 x 260mm (14¾ x 10¼").
Satire on natural historian Joseph Sabine's (1770-1837) expected appointment in the administration of the London Zoological Garden. Sabine stands, with hands together in prayer, looking towards a tall rustic gate inscribed 'Zoological Garden', from the top of which a squatting baboon stares down. He is escorted by two angels. Animals surround Sabine, delighted at the investment they expect from him: an alligator looks up (with a speech bubble reading 'we should rejoice'), a serpent lies between his feet, a huge lion looks up, close by are a pelican and a bison, a vulture and an owl look down from the trees which form a background. There were letters to 'The Times' complaining of Sabine's expected transfer to the Zoological Gardens, where he was reported to be about to be put in charge of the Society's farm at Kingston
BM Satires: 16419; for Sabine see also ref. 30760 and 30762
[Ref: 30761] £80.00