Wild Bull, Gisburn Park.
Coloured aquatint with etching, 235 x 315mm. 9¼ x 12¼".
Plate to Thomas Dunham Whitaker's (1759 - 1821) ‘History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven,’ 1805, 2nd edition. Gisburne Park in Lancashire's Ribble Valley was home to a herd of cattle said to be descended from the ancient wild cattle of Britain. In the 19th century the cattle became tame and decreased in numbers to around seven or eight animals, these were kept on the estate and became more and more "in bred". Eventually only bulls were born and the Gisburne 'White Bulls' died out by 1859.
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