Detail: 1864 – Poor Meggy’s Grave Book Cover: Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall
Detail: 1864 – Poor Meggy’s Grave Detail: Artists Signature, (1864 – Poor Meggy’s Grave)
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“Poor Meggy’s Grave” is a full-page book plate image taken from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall, and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866. The accompanying anecdote tells of a lady who, residing at Highgate Hill, had three very fine fowls, a hen and two cocks, one white and the other brown. These two cocks grew very jealous, and had frequent battles as to which should be the sole lover of “Meggy” the hen. “Whitey” at last proved the victor. How deep the affection he bore to Meggy eventually proved itself. Time happily rolled away and loud was the crow of Whitey in the early dawn, proudly all the day he stalked, erect as a grenadier, by her side, ever watchful for any dainty pickings. But at last Meggy died, and was buried in a little grave. After her death the mateless Whitey became inconsolable. With drooping feathers he took up his position above her grave, and remained on the spot without once leaving it, until at last he was one morning found dead upon it. Image available in A4 and A3 sizing options.