Monday, January 21, 2013


Here is another zoological pattern that was created to take advantage of the popularity of the London zoo.  It is called simply "Zoological."  It was made by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield in 1837.  Printed in colors such as brown, purple, teal, pink and blue,  each size and shape depicts a different animal enclosure.  Kangaroos, elephants, zebras, tigers, and lions are only a few of the animal that appear in this series.   The patterns don't seem to be copied from a source print; they look like romanticized versions of zoo animals and enclosures.  The close-up of the lions shows sweet, almost human faces.   The enclosure, even by 19th century standards, is much too small!
"Zoological" 17.5 inch platter by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield

"Zoological" mark

Close-up of  "Zoological" Lions platter

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