Vignette from a lithographic plate showing a group of French soldiers playing drums. Drum heads are usually made out of animal skin, including that of the as. Taken from 'The As' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - Showing Their Utility to Man' (1845), a book illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas. Printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day and Haghe. Published by Thomas Varty.
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