Detail: 1866 – Jack in the Poultry Yard Book Cover: Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall
Detail: 1866 – Jack in the Poultry Yard
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“Jack in the Poultry Yard” 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 relates of how a certain family had a fine collection of hens, of which the proprietoress was particularly proud. There was also a good variety of breeds. For them, a large and convenient hen-house had been constructed with plenty of room for them to roost. But the lady’s hens, yellow and white, black and brown, and speckled grey had notions of their own. And the rooster “Chanticleer” could not get them all to follow him to their proper sleeping-room. One bantam, in particular, named “Queen Mab” had taken to roosting in a tree, and was not wanting to be removed from her favourite spot. Several lame attempts by the human family failed, but lo, the shepherd dog appeared as if to say, “let me show you how it is done”, and in a trice drove the obstinate hens, fluttering, prating and scolding into the hen-house. Occasionally Queen Mab would ruffle her feathers ready to fight for her freedom, but in the end always conceded to “Jack”, the shepherd dog, who on completing his mission, would turn to his family as if to say, “I have done my job, the rest is up to you”, leaving it to them to turn the key on the door to make the hens secure. This he continued to do for a number of years. Image currently available in A4, and A3 sizing options.