The Hereford Breed: Low 1842

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  • Title: The Hereford Breed
  • Author: David Low
  • Date: 1842
  • Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
  • Condition: Very good - light foxing, age toning
  • Inches: 14 5/8 x 11 5/8 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 37.15 x 29.53 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233296

Cow, bred by the Right Honourable the Earl of Talbot; descended from the Stock of Mr. Tomkins of Kingspion, Hereford.

Professor Low's Illustrations of the Breeds of the Domestic Animals

Hand-colored lithograph from David Low's The Breeds of the Domestic Animals of the British Islands, a pioneering work illustrating the major modern breeds of horses, cows, sheep, and pigs in Britain.

David Low, professor of agriculture at the University of Edinburgh, produced these lithographs as a reference for those interested in the infant science of selective breeding. He was concerned that the relatively simple concepts of matching a breed to its environment whilst improving productivity were not understood by the majority of farmers or breeders. With the help of a government grant from Frederick, 4th Earl Spencer, Low set up the agriculture museum in Edinburgh. The artist William Shiels of the Royal Scottish Academy was commissioned to produce a series of paintings of all economically-significant breeds in Great Britain at the time, which Low then used as a reference for his lithographs.