The Old-Irish Hunter.Gelding. 11 Years old, the Property of Mr Scully, Limerick, bred by Mr. Barny of Sandville, of the Old Merry Andrew line. Professor Low's Illustrations of the Breeds of the Domestic Animals.
Published December, 1840, by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, Paternoster Row, London.
Lithograph with hand-colouring, large margins, printed area approx. 270 x 350mm (10½ x 13¾"). Rare.
Plate from Professor David Low's (1786-1859) 'The Breeds of the Domesticated Animals of the British Islands' (1842), which contained fifty-six lithographs after paintings by William Shiels (1783-1857). Low, professor of agriculture at Edinburgh university and the founder of an agricultural museum, commissioned Shiels to paint 100 scientifically accurate illustrations of domestic livestock for his collection. A selection of these paintings, many of which depict breeds now extinct, were selected by Low to illustrate his ideas on breeding and preservation of indigenous species.
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