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Rams, 1775-1781.

Rams, 1775-1781.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Hand-coloured engraving of (top) a ram from Guinea which has longer legs than the European ram, no wool but short hair like a dog's, and long floppy ears. It was also known as the Chinese ram. Below is the five-horned Icelandic ram. Both these specimens were exhibited on the boulevards of Paris in 1774. Illustration from 'Premiere [-seconde] centurie de planches enluminEes et non enluminEes representant au naturel ce qui se trouve de plus interessant et de plus curieux parmi les animaux, les vegetaux et les mineraux, pour servir d'intelligence A l'Histoire generale des trois regnes de la nature'. This work on the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of nature, by Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807), was published in Paris between 1775 and 1781.

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