Wednesday, August 21, 2013


I was surprised to find a beaver in a pattern titled "Indian Scenery."  It is a North American animal.  I was even more surprised to find the exact same beaver in a book on natural history; "The Cabinet Of Quadrupeds" by John Church.  The beaver was surrounded by a fanciful background, so it took me awhile to realize that the animal was actually a rather realistic rendering.  Well, sort of.

"Indian Scenery" pierced undertray featuring a beaver, ca. 1840

Close-up of the center of the "Indian Scenery" pierced undertray

"Beaver" from "The Cabinet Of Quadrupeds" by John Church (1805).  It was engraved by James Tookey and drawn by the artist Julius Ibbetson. 
"Indian Scenery" mark/William Hackwood (1827-1843)

Take a look at how the same source print was used by Enoch Wood & Sons.  The beaver looks more at home.  Even if he is in a washbowl!

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