London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1842. First edition. Matted in Rag Board. Folio (16.75 x 12 inches). Plate XV- The Fifeshire Breed. Cow, 6 years old, the Property of Mr. B. Ferney of Kilmux, bred by Mr. Anderson, Kiuglassie). A scarce original hand-colored lithograph drawn on stone and printed 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).
Fifeshire Breed was a Scottish breed not surpassed by any other in the kingdom in the properties of grazing and yeilding milk.
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.
Buchanan, Nature into Art; Nissen ZBI 2564; Wood 442. Near Fine condition in original color. Minor foxing. Item #7001