London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longman, 1842. First edition. Matted in Rag Board. Supplementary Pl. III. Black-faced Heath Breed. Ram, 3 years old, bred by Mr. Thomas Robertson, Broomlea. County of Peebles. A scarce original hand-painted lithograph; drawn & printed on stone by Fairland from a drawing by Mr. Nicholson, R.S.A. (Member of the Royal Scottish Academy) after a painting by Mr. Sheils, R.S.A Folio (16.75 x 12 inches).
Professor David Low (1786-1859) was a Professor of Agriculture at the University of Edinburgh, who created this series to document the pure bred domestic animals of the British Isles in an effort to educate both the landed gentry and common breeders on the importance of selective breeding of animals in their natural environment. Unlike the traditional nineteenth century animal paintings- which often accentuated the useable portions of the beast to glorify the breeder- Professor Low 's animal portraits of the prized breeds were accurately rendered in their actual and appropriate environment as an attestment to fine animal husbandry. In addition, the animals are set in lovely nineteenth century British pastoral, or mountain settings, thus making the appeal of the work twofold: as a fine work of animal portraiture as well as a fine classic landscape. (Wood 442, H. Buchanan, Nature into Art.). Near Fine condition in original color. Item #6997