'Milk', c 1845.
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Vignette from a lithographic plate showing a man milking a donkey, or as in front of a house. Ases' or donkey's milk is higher in both sugar and protein content than cow's milk, and was used as food, as medicine, and as a cosmetic to promote a white skin. It was also given to babies who could not be breastfed as it could be tolerated more easily than cow's milk. Taken from 'The As' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - showing their utility to man in their services during life, and uses after death' (1845), illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas and published by Thomas Varty. Printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day and Haghe.