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Wild or White Forest Breed: Low 1840

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  • Title: Wild or White Forest Breed
  • Author: David Low
  • Date: 1840
  • 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: 233299

Cow 8 Years old, from Haverford West in the County of Pembroke

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.