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Raining, c 1845.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


Lithograph vignette entitled 'The Whalebone', showing a mother and child using umbrellas made from whalebone to protect them from the rain. A common theory since Roman times is that going out in the rain increases your likelihood of catching a cold. Illustration from 'The Whale' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - showing their utility to man in their services during life, and uses after death' (1845), a book illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas. Published by Thomas Varty and printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day and Haghe.

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